Cleveland, Ohio metallers BREAKER will be joined by guitarist Shaun Vanek (ETERNAL LEGACY, CELLBOUND, MANIMALS) for their appearance at Keep It True XIV festival, set to take place April 29 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Vanek replaces guitarist Nick Giannakos (WRETCH), who was forced to sit out the show due to work commitments and scheduling conflicts. Giannakos will continue with his band WRETCH, who are busy finishing up recording a new studio album at Noise Floor Studios in Cleveland, with BREAKER guitarist Don Depew producing.
Giannakos had been filling in on live performances for original BREAKER guitarist Michael Klein. Klein, who has appeared on all of the band's studio recordings, was forced to limit his live playing time several years ago due to a severe case of tinnitus.
Vanek made his live debut with BREAKER at the WJCU Radiothon Benefit Concert in Cleveland on February 19.
"I really love jammin' with these guys," says Vanek.
"I have always been a fan of Michael and Don's guitar playing. They both complement each other very well.
"I'm really looking forward to playing Michael's parts. It is key for me to play the solos like Michael because that's the way the fans are used to hearing the studio recordings but add my own energy to the live show. The stage is going to explode!"
Adds drummer Mark Klein, "We're very happy to have Shaun in BREAKER and it feels as though he's been with us for years. It's an ideal fit for us and I feel that our fans will really appreciate his great guitar playing and the energy he brings to the band!"
BREAKER has already been writing and rehearsing new material and will debut one new song for its German fans at the festival.
This will be BREAKER's fourth festival trip to Germany, having performed at Wacken Open Air in 2000, Headbangers Open Air in 2004 and Bang Your Head!!! in 2008. The band continues to maintain a strong following in the European metal underground and has been an anchor of the Auburn Records label since its inception in 1984.
Vanek has performed in Germany with his band ETERNAL LEGACY at the Headbangers Open Air festival in 2007 and the Wacken Open Air festival in 2010.
Don Depew – guitar
Mark Klein – drums
Greg Wagner – vocals
Brook Hodges – bass
Shaun Vanek - guitar