IN FLAMES singer Anders Fridén says that Chris Broderick is doing a "great" job filling in for guitarist Niclas Engelin on the band's current North American tour.
"Niclas had to stay home and deal with some personal things," the singer told Sticks For Stones in a new interview (hear audio below). "We've known [Chris] for 17 years. He was in a band called JAG PANZER, and they opened up for us back then, so we've been friends since. And when Niclas called us, like 48 hours before we had to leave, and he went to the hospital — he had to. So we didn't wanna cancel. Our music is made for two guitars, and we didn't wanna have one guitar playing and everything else on a backing track — we wanted to have someone playing it. We happily found out that Chris was free and he came out and we had a couple of days' rehearsal in Austin before the tour started in Houston. And, yeah, it's going great. We've known him, as I said, for a long time, so we knew it would work on a social level. And [his] guitar [playing] is obviously phenomenal."
Fan-filmed video footage of IN FLAMES' first concert with Chris, which took place on February 2 at the House Of Blues in Houston, Texas, can be seen below.
IN FLAMES recently completed a short tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and ALL HAIL THE YETI and is currently on the road in North America with WITHIN TEMPTATION.
IN FLAMES' new album, "I, The Mask", was released on March 1 via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excluding North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America). The 12-track disc reunites IN FLAMES with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, MOTÖRHEAD) who also produced 2016's "Battles". Additionally, the album was mixed by Grammy Award winner Chris Lord-Alge (CHEAP TRICK, LINKIN PARK) and mastered by Grammy-winning mastering engeneer Ted Jensen (PANTERA, EAGLES, GUNS N' ROSES).