HALFORD bassist Ray Riendeau has dismissed as false rumors that he has left the band and has been replaced by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward.As previously reported, Ward was set to fill in for HALFORD's Ray Riendeau during the group's West Coast mini-tour this week after Riendeau's family suffered a tragic loss that prevented the bassist from appearing at the dates (which have since been postponed). Ward is still expected to perform with HALFORD at the rescheduled West Coast dates in early February, but will step aside in time for the group's upcoming Japanese tour, which will mark Riendeau's return to the fold. "I have not left HALFORD," Riendeau wrote in an e-mail to a fan. "In the band's 'down time', I had booked a lot of clinics & solo performances that I am committed to. Jason Ward is filling in any dates I can't make because of this. I will be [back with HALFORD] full time starting with the Japan tour."
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