Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Unable To Appear In 'Spirit Of Night' Video

Due to "personal circumstances," former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin is unable to appear in the new music video for "Spirit of Night", the vocal version of UK guitarist Mario Parga's popular song, which is being filmed in Los Angeles. A video for the song is still going to be made, but has been postponed until September 28. A second video will be shot at the same time of the original instrumental version of "Spirit of Night" featuring Mario Parga.

The vocal version of "Spirit of Night", featuring a guest appearance by Tony Martin, was released through MidnightCafé Music as a CD and download single on June 27.

Mario's new band project SAVAGE PARADISE featuring Tony Martin on vocals, Kevin Valentine (CINDERELLA, KISS) on drums and Tim Luce (ALCATRAZZ) on bass, will start work on its first album during the early fall. The band is looking for a keyboard player to complete the lineup. Auditions will be held in Los Angeles later in the year.

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Parga, born in Lytham, Lancashire, England on August 7, 1969, came into the spotlight during the late 1980s when he began appearing in numerous guitar and rock magazines such as Guitar Player, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Metal Forces and played a live guitar solo on MTV's "Metal Hammer" show.

During the early 1990s, Parga toured, played and recorded with numerous artists, most notably Cozy Powell and Graham Bonnet. In 1991, his debut guitar instrumental album "The Magician" was released by President Records. Following disillusionment with the music industry, Parga shied away from the scene until he re-emerged in Los Angeles in 1998, playing guitar on Graham Bonnet's "The Day I Went Mad".

Considered by many to be one of the greatest sweep arpeggio players of the guitar "shred" and neoclassical metal genres, Parga combines complex arpeggio patterns with rapid alternate picking, sweep-picking and string bending. He is also renowned for his emotive slower playing.

In 2000, Parga was approached by the guitar label Liquid Note Records and recorded his instrumental "Valse Diabolique" for their "The Alchemists" album. Two years later, he recorded his haunting ballad "Hourglass" for Lion Music's "Warmth in the Wilderness II", a tribute to fellow guitarist Jason Becker.

Early in 2007, Parga announced the creation of his own record label MidnightCafé Music (the name taken from his track "The Midnight Café" from "The Magician") and plans on releasing his future instrumental rock guitar music through it. His long-awaited new album "Entranced" was released on the label on April 14, 2007.


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