I AM I, the new band led by former DRAGONFORCE singer ZP Theart, has announced the addition of guitarist Andy Midgley to the group's ranks. Midgley tore it up on the road with I AM I on their SKID ROW tour, fitted in seamlessly from the start and is now bringing a whole new dimension to the band's live show.Unfortunately, due to work and family commitments, Jake Thorsen decided to step down from his role in I AM I.
I AM I's tour with SKID ROW and BUFFALO SUMMER ended in great style at a sold-out Islington Academy on April 13, with all three bands getting up on stage to sing the final SKID ROW song "Youth Gone Wild", a fittingly raucous end to what was a two-week blast of some damn fine rock 'n' roll!
After this fantastic tour, I AM I will be making its first foray into Europe and head off into Italy at the start of May for a couple of shows before gearing up for their Download festival slot. I AM I released a cover version of John Farnham's classic '80s track "You're The Voice" on December 10, 2012 on digital format, distributed worldwide by Plastichead and available from all the usual digital outlets. I AM I's rocking, feel-good rendition had been received exceptionally well on the band's recent tour, with everyone singing along with the memorable chorus of this great track, leading them to decide to put it out as an end-of-year single. ZP also felt that the lyrical content of the track was especially relevant in this current era, mirroring what's actually happening with the us all right now and making the timing for the single release perfect. Written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson, "You're The Voice" was originally released by Australian singer John Farnham in 1986 and was a smash hit, reaching the Top 10 in most European countries. I AM I released its debut album, "Event Horizon", digitally worldwide on December 10, 2012. The CD was previously released exclusively throughout Europe, but due to the increasing demand for the LP throughout the U.S., Americas, Australia and other territories, the decision was made to go ahead and release it digitally worldwide. Written and produced by Theart and Jacob Ziemba and mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (HELLOWEEN, MASTERPLAN), "Event Horizon" is described in a press release as "an absolutely blistering slice of heavy rock liberally infused with Theart's passion, energy and soaring vocals." I AM I last year announced the addition of drummer Phil Martini (DOWN 'N' OUTZ, TOKYO DRAGONS, THE QUIREBOYS) to the group's ranks.