Guitarist Gus G. has left Swedish melodic metallers DREAM EVIL in order to focus on his own band, FIREWIND. His official statement on the matter is as follows:
"Hello my friends! Hope this message finds u well. I would like to announce to you, that I've decided to leave DREAM EVIL for different reasons, mainly personal. I would also like to concentrate on my own band, FIREWIND. However, this doesn't mean that I'm not friends with the guys in the band. I split with them under very friendly circumstances. I wish them the best in the future. As for me, you can count on hearing my new releases coming up later this year. I'm sorry if I dissapoint some of you, but... the show must go on! Stay Metal!!"
The remaining members of DREAM EVIL have issued the following statement about Gus' departure and his replacement:
“There are no hard feelings; we are still best friends and we wish Gus nothing but the best in his future musical carrier. Second! The good news: DREAM EVIL is happy to announce that guitar virtuoso and axe-swinger Mark U Black is our new lead guitarist. This guy rips and shreds like a maniac in a true '80s guitar hero style We feel that with Mark's skills and his ability to give DREAM EVIL his full-time attention, this change will bring DREAM EVIL to the next level. We have already played some festival shows with him in Europe, and he delivered! We are very much looking forward to joining SAXON on the road in September/ October as we continue to spread the word about our latest album 'The Book Of Heavy Metal'. All right in the night!"
Following the group's upcoming tour with SAXON, DREAM EVIL will play a special show in London with Italy's LABYRINTH on November 13 at the Underworld.
DREAM EVIL on tour with SAXON (and METALIUM where noted):
Sep. 22 - Kiel, GER @ Halle 400
Sep. 24 - Osnabrück, GER @ Halle Gartlage*
Sep. 25 - Druten, NETH @ Maas En Waalhallen*
Sep. 26 - Filderstadt, GER @ Filharmonie*
Sep. 28 - Köln, GER @ E-Werk*
Sep. 29 - Bremen, GER @ Aladin*
Sep. 30. - September 04 (D) Neu-Isenburg, GER @ Hugenottenhalle*
Oct. 01 - Sint Lievens, BEL @ Houtem Cultureel Centrum
Oct. 02 - London, UK @ Astoria Theater
Oct. 03 - Cardiff, UK @ Coal Exchange
Oct. 04 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun
Oct. 05 - Glasgow, SCO @ King Tuts
Oct. 17 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Pumpehuset
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller
Oct. 19 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Trädgarn
Oct. 20 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Oct. 21 - Malmö, SWE @ KB
* w/ METALIUM