Los Angeles traditional metal heroes WHITE WIZZARD have announced the return of vocalist Wyatt Anderson to the group's ranks. Affectionately known as "The Screamin' Demon", the fan favorite who previously appeared on the band's sophomore release, "Over The Top", has rejoined the band as the full-time frontman. He replaces Peter Ellis, whose U.S. visa issues prevented him from participating in any long-term recording or touring plans. Wyatt Anderson is currently recording vocals for WHITE WIZZARD's next release and will be a part of the group's 2011 world tour.

Commented WHITE WIZZARD mainman Jon Leon: "I want to first and foremost thank Peter Ellis for giving us his all during the last few months. He is a great guy and we wish him all the best. I am sure he will find a great band and he will always be a part of us.

"In the end, Wyatt and I were able to find a way to make it work. It is what the fans have asked for as well.

"We know we had something special with Wyatt singing and myself writing, and we want to progress on that chemistry and keep moving forward.

"We found a way to work around some obstacles so we can pick up where we left off.

"'Over the Top' was an album we are both proud of. We are now recording the follow-up, due out early summer. We plan massive touring in 2011 as well."

Added "The Screamin' Demon" himself: "Sometimes people have to take a step back to gain perspective of their lives. That's what I did. I didn't see myself getting what I had always wanted out of a band at the level that WHITE WIZZARD was. I didn't like being told what to do, not realizing that it was not only for the benefit of the band, but also for my benefit. Once I had stepped back, though, I began to see that I WAS getting what I had always wanted, it was just coming at a slower rate than what I had expected.

"Most people who dream of being in a professional band spend their lives in pursuit of that dream, and never even come close; and I had just given it up.

"Fortunately, there is a silver lining to this story. WHITE WIZZARD and I have reconciled our differences, and I am proud to say that I will once again be handling the vocal duties.

"This is going to be an exciting time for all in the WHITE WIZZARD camp, and I look forward to seeing all of you fans out there once again."

Peter said in a statement: "My departure from WHITE WIZZARD was due to the fact that it just proved impossible to get things done in time to keep up with the time schedule with me being based in London and the band being in Los Angeles because of complications that came up regarding my U.S. visa. The goal was for me to be a long-term member of the band and I am very sorry that things didn't work out. I have had an amazing experience being the lead singer for the band and I found Jon being a true gentleman and one of the easiest people to work with. I would also like to thank Earache for giving me the chance to be on the 'Shooting Star' single and for being so nice to me since day one, and most importantly, I'd like to thank all the fans for being so supportive of me and making me feel so loved! I have already started working on a new band here in London and we are going to be doing some really cool things in the New Year. Expect more news about that soon."

WHITE WIZZARD is currently in the studio with producer Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER, BONDED BY BLOOD) recording its new album, to be released in the spring.


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