MASTERPLAN Guitarist To Guest On 'Mitch's Metal Militia'

MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow will guest on "Mitch's Metal Militia" show today (Wednesday, April 1) between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST.

To listen to the interview live via the Internet, go to

Grapow recently commented on MASTERPLAN's split with vocalist Mike DiMeo (RIOT, THE LIZARDS).

DiMeo joined MASTERPLAN in 2006 for the recording of the "MK II" album and the subsequent tour.

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Grapow, who was member of HELLOWEEN between 1989 and 2001, stated: "Mike is still our friend and we feel big respect to his huge singing talent. We are really thankful for Mike's great addition on 'MK II' and wishing him all the best and luck on his new projects! Meanwhile we continue to work on the new studio album. We'll put out more news about our new singer soon! So stay tuned and expect big things coming around... Right now we are not able to tell you more news, so be patient! The band is not searching for a new singer, drummer, keyboarder, bass or guitar player."

MASTERPLAN's original singer, Jorn Lande, left the band in May 2006, citing "musical differences" between the vocalist and the rest of the band. During the songwriting process for the group's third album, it became increasingly apparent that the other members of the band had different visions and plans for the group's musical direction. While Jorn allegedly wanted MASTERPLAN to follow a more melodic path, the rest of the band apparently wanted to return to the metallic roots of their debut album.

DiMeo, regarded as one of the finest vocalists in the heavy rock scene, first came to prominence after joining the legendary New York City band RIOT prior to the recording of 1994's "Nightbreaker". He went on to record six studio albums and one live album with the group before departing to join MASTERPLAN.

DiMeo in August 2008 announced the formation of a new project called TENPOINT alongside Steve Seigerman (guitar), Chris Kozikowski (bass) and Doug Bohn (drums).

MASTERPLAN's "Lost And Gone" video (from 2007's "MK II") can be viewed below.


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