Guitarist Paul Samson, leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON, is suffering from cancer and is said to have "only weeks to live," according to vocalist Nicky Moore, who sang on several of the group's albums during the '80s.Most recently, Paul and Moore had reportedly completed work on a new SAMSON album, tentatively entitled Brand New Day, which also features Billy Fleming (i.e. METALLIC BLUE) on drums and Ian Ellis (i.e. RIC LEE'S BREAKERS, SAVOY BROWN) on bass. Recorded during 2001 at Paul's studio in Norfolk, England, Brand New Day represents the first album of brand new SAMSON material since the group's self-titled 1993 CD, and is scheduled for release in late 2002 release through Zoom Club Records. SAMSON had previously featured in their ranks IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson, who sang on two of the group's albums (1980's Head On and 1981's Shock Tactics), before moving on to fame and fortune with his current outfit. Anyone wishing to send Paul a message of support can do so by e-mailing: [email protected]
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