EPICA Keyboardist To Sit Out 70000 TONS Cruise, South American Tour

Keyboardist Coen Janssen of Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA will sit out the band's appearance at the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise and the South American tour in early February.

Commented Janssen: "As you might know. Linda, my wife, and I are expecting our first child. The due date happens to be around the same time as the cruise. As you might understand, I will stay at home since I don't want to miss the birth of my first child."

KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai — the longtime boyfriend of EPICA singer Simone Simons — will fill in for Janssen for these shows.

"This Is The Time", the new single from EPICA, was released digitally on October 15. A video for the song, which was written for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), was filmed in March was in Hilversum, The Netherlands.

EPICA's latest album, "Design Your Universe", landed at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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