DOWN/KINGDOM OF SORROW Guitarist KIRK WINDSTEIN Tackling 'Personal Demons'

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR, DOWN, KINGDOM OF SORROW) will not be rejoining his KINGDOM OF SORROW bandmates for the remaining dates on the group's current tour with GWAR.

Commented Kirk: "I have been busting ass for nearly two years straight now, recording and touring with DOWN as well as KINGDOM OF SORROW and CROWBAR. I'm in need of some serious rest. I'm also tackling some serious issues and personal demons that need to be taken care of now rather than later. By no means does this suggest that I'm not totally dedicated to the future of KINGDOM OF SORROW. That's why I'm addressing these personal issues now. I will be there stronger and healthier than ever for whatever KINGDOM OF SORROW has planned for the New Year."

Added KINGDOM OF SORROW frontman Jamey Jasta (also of HATEBREED): "We are happy [Kirk] has made the choice to get his life together finally. He owes it to himself, his family and his fans and we fully support his decision to stay home and get healthy. We ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. Thanks for your support on this GWAR tour, it has been absolutely amazing. Matt [Brunson, bass]] has moved over to the guitar and Phil from TOXIC HOLOCAUST is killing it on the bass and will finish out the tour. Very special thanks to Kenny from TYPE O NEGATIVE who did two full months of this tour on guitar as well. He rocked it hard!"

For a list of upcoming KINGDOM OF SORROW shows, visit the band's MySpace page.

Video footage of KINGDOM OF SORROW performing the song "Buried In Black" (with TYPE O NEGATIVE's Kenny Hickey on guitar) on October 14, 2008 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey can be viewed below (courtesy of Tgod Television).

France's Radio Metal conducted an interview with Kirk Windstein on April 19, 2008 in Lyon. Watch the first part of the chat below.


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