Guitarist/vocalist Morgan Lander of the Canadian metal band KITTIE has issued the following update:"We wanted to extend our appreciation for all of the support and kind words we have received in the days since my [and drummer Mercedes Lander's] father's passing [as BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on August 4. — Ed.]. He was an amazing man who lived and breathed KITTIE, and he will be missed by many. [KITTIE's August 20 show at the Key club in Hollywood, California] is the last one he booked, so it is very important to us. We all owe it to him to make it a good one, regardless of how hard it is going to be. Please come out, pay your respects and help support us!" David Lander reportedly died of a heart attack last weekend. David Lander, who is said to have been in his early 50s, also managed KITTIE as part of X Of Infamy/K.M.A. Entertainment. Fan-filmed video footage of KITTIE performing at the Altered Skin Revolution in Saginaw, Michigan on Saturday, July 26 can be viewed below. KITTIE recently parted ways with bassist Trish Doan and replaced her with Ivy Vujic of the Canadian band IN THE WAKE. According to a press release, Doan was diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia-athletica-nervosa, which she developed during the recording of KITTIE's "Funeral for Yesterday", Doan's first release with the group. "Funeral for Yesterday" — which was released via the band's own record label, X of Infamy — was recorded at Retromedia Studio in Red Bank, New Jersey with producer Jack Ponti, who has previously worked with BON JOVI, SKID ROW, and ALICE COOPER. The band mixed the effort with producer Kevin Shirley (IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER).
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