Greek melodic metal act FIREWIND, which features in its ranks current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G., has parted ways with drummer Mark Cross (ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM) due to personal differences. The band states, "We thank Mark for his work and contribution to FIREWIND and wish him good luck in the future."
Sitting behind the kit for FIREWIND for the band's three shows in Mexico in February will be Michael Ehre (ULI JON ROTH, KEE MARCELLO). The group says, "Michael's a beast, a truly fantastic player with years of experience next to top musicians and bands and we're very happy to have him on board!"
Gus G. has scheduled the following appearances at the upcoming NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California:
Friday, January 15
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Gus G. and Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT) at Seymour Duncan
Booth 4358 in Hall C
Saturday, January 16th==
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Booth 213D, Level 2
Gus will also join ULI JON ROTH & FRIENDS on stage on Friday, January 15 at The Grove in Anaheim.
FIREWIND is currently working on material for a new studio album, tentatively due later in the year via Century Media Records.
FIREWIND's "Live Premonition in Mexico 2010" tour dates:
Feb. 12 - Mexico City - Hard Rock Live
Feb. 13 - Puebla, Mex - Bulldog
Feb. 14 - Mexico City - Bicentennial Fest
FIREWIND's first-ever live effort, "Live Premonition", was released all across Europe in December 2008 and is available as DVD, 2CD and deluxe DVD+2CD set offering a stunning 22-song set filmed and recorded in 2008 in the band's hometown of Thessaloniki.
The 2CD version of "Live Premonition" consists of the audio portion of the main show on two separate CDs, available for the price of one CD. The DVD also features many extras such as behind-the-scenes footage, special acoustic live performances, promo clips and much more.