Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have announced the addition of guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan (photo) to the group's ranks. According to a press release "Kiyo is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area pro, playing lead guitar in several tribute bands, covering the styles of SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN and ALICE IN CHAINS. With the support of Gibson guitars and Sfarzo strings, Kiyo has found an identity in VICIOUS RUMORS as an old-school rock and metal guitarist with powerful anthem riffs and blistering-yet-musical leads!"Comented guitarist Geoff Thorpe: "Kiyo just fit in and sounded great!! Our guitar styles blend really well... and this guy can shred!! Our new lineup is as strong as ever. I can't wait to unleash the new VR beast." VICIOUS RUMORS recently enlisted singer Ronnie Stixx (SHADOWKEEP, DIVINE RUINS). "Ronnie showed up and blew the band away with his powerful voice," stated guitarist Geoff Thorpe. "The first night he sang with us it was like he was in the band for years. It was amazing." Ronnie was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He has made a name for himself in the metal world with a vocal style that is melodic and aggressive. Ronnie's main influences are such great vocalist as Carl Albert (VICIOUS RUMORS), Tony Harnell (TNT) and Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie is no stranger to the big stage, having performed at major festivals throughout Europe and the USA. VICIOUS RUMORS new lineup is as follows: Geoff Thorpe: guitar/vocals
Larry Howe: drums/vocals
Stephen Goodwin: bass/vocals
Ronnie Stixx: lead vocals
Kiyoshi Morgan: guitar Upcoming VICIOUS RUMORS shows: March 22 - The Kennel Club - Sacramento, CA (headline)
March 29 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA (with TESTAMENT) (VR on at 9 p.m.)
March 29 - Britannia Arms - Cupertino, CA
March 30 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA(with TESTAMENT) VICIOUS RUMORS is currently writing material for a new album that will be recorded later in the year at Trident studios in Pacheco, California with the production team of Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Murderball", "From Fear to Eternity" and "Over the Edge". Lacey Conner, villainess co-star of VH1's hit TV show "Rock of Love" featuring POISON's Bret Michaels, conducted an interview with Geoff Thorpe at the Dean Guitars booth at this year's winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 17-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Watch the three-and-a-half-minute clip below. James Rivera (also HELSTAR, ex-SEVEN WITCHES, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) appears on VICIOUS RUMORS' latest album, "Warball", which came out in the U.S. in October 2006.