Former CRIMSON GLORY frontman Midnight has issued the following update:"[Solo] tour dates have been pushed back due to my recent affiliation (i.e. recording session for M2) with Matt LaPorte (from JON OLIVA'S PAIN). Matt is a guitar god! Don't be surprised to hear Jon Oliva playing keys and perhaps do a song or two with me (unconfirmed). On bass and drums Lee Harrison (MONSTROSITY) and my longtime friend and drummer Phil Anderson on hammered dalcumer and drums. This is a marriage made in heaven. They are the icing on my sweet sweet cake. This music is amazing. "Through a friend of a friend, STONE SOUR's guitar player heard our version of their song ('Through The Glass', on this location [the track is available for streaming and download]) and loves it. Would be cool to have Corey Taylor do a song with me. Working on it, we'll see. I'm sure he has better things to do. "I am still painting and working on these new songs. "'Sakada' was mastered in Greece and we were not able to be there and we were NOT happy with the results! We still have the original mix that Phil and I spent many many hours concentrating on semi half tones only us and dogs can hear." As previously reported, Midnight recently resurfaced with a new band and is currently putting the finishing touches on his third solo release, titled "M2: Descending into Madness". His re-emergence comes after several months in exile, following his abrupt departure from the much anticipated reunion of legendary Sarasota, Florida-based CRIMSON GLORY. Joining Midnight are, among others, guitarist Matt LaPorte of JON OLIVA'S PAIN (ex-CIRCLE II CIRCLE) and drummer Lee Harrison, best known as the founder and leader of Tampa, FL death metal legends MONSTROSITY. Harrison has also performed with such influential bands as ATHEIST and MALEVOLENT CREATION. The collabaration came about after the two sought out the much-fabled siren, known for his unique style and mystique.
Says LaPorte: "Lee and I have always been fans of CRIMSON GLORY and Midnight. We have harbored a strong desire for years to work with Mid, one our idols. We both consider it an honor, as well as our duty, to be a part of bringing his magical, angelic voice back to the metal masses."
The two will join Midnight on his upcoming of Texas, along with drummer/percussionist master Phil Anderson, whose work on Midnight's 2005 release "Sakada" (Black Lotus Records) gave the record a very unique sound. The approach on the "Sakada" CD caught many fans of Midnight's work with CRIMSON GLORY off guard and entranced many a listener, including LaPorte. "While I was doing a press junket for the last OLIVA record, a journalist gave me a promo copy of 'Sakada'," Matt says. "For the next six weeks, while on tour, I listened to it 8-10 times every day. The hammer dulcimer is the most beautiful sound ever to grace my ears." In addition to finishing the "M2" record, Midnight and co. are structuring a setlist for their live shows, which will showcase not only songs from Midnight's acoustic-oriented solo releases, but also honor his famed CRIMSON GLORY back catalog, including several compositions from the much-heralded 1988 release "Transcendence". Two low-quality video clips of CRIMSON GLORY performing at the Rockwave Festival on July 12, 2006 at Terravibe in Malakasa, Greece have been posted online at YouTube.