CRIMSON GLORY Parts Ways With Vocalist MIDNIGHT; Ex-Singer WADE BLACK Steps In

Reunited classic Florida metallers CRIMSON GLORY have parted ways with singer Midnight (real name: John Patrick McDonald Jr.) following the revelation that Midnight was arrested last Saturday night, January 20 in Sarasota, Florida and charged with "DUI [driving under the influence] with .20 [blood-alcohol level] or higher or having a passenger under 18" years of age. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported yesterday, Midnight (police photo) was also cited for driving with a suspended/ cancelled/ revoked license. Bond for the 44-year-old vocalist — who gave his occupation as "painter" to the authorities at the time of the arrest — was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to be arraigned on February 8.

To view Midnight's official "arrest card," download the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office January 19-21, 2007 arrest report at this location (PDF file; Midnight's card — including his mug shot — can be found on page 86).

The remaning members of CRIMSON GLORY have issued the following statement regarding the matter:

"CRIMSON GLORY is saddened to announce that we have been forced to officially part ways with our longtime friend and vocalist, Midnight. This was a difficult but necessary decision for original band members who recently reunited for a rare performance at the Rockwave Festival last year in Greece.

"We are brokenhearted by Midnight's personal crisis, and pray that he seeks help for his problems. We love and care for him very much, and really wanted him to be part of the future of this band. Unfortunately, working with Midnight at this time would be difficult, as his current state of mind and his present physical condition would impede plans we have in place for future appearances, releases and recordings.

"CRIMSON GLORY is currently in the planning stages for additional shows in Florida beginning in March 2007, featuring former CG vocalist Wade Black ('Astronomica'; Spitfire Records (USA) and Rising Sun Records (Europe) 1999)."

Midnight last fall posted audio samples of three acoustic songs from his "M2 - Descending Into Madness" solo effort, which was issued in May 2006 as a limited-edition release (limited to only 112 copies) via his official web site. Check out the samples at Midnight's MySpace page.

Watch CRIMSON GLORY's classic video for the song "Lonely" at YouTube.com.

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