"First off, in mid-January I was called to play some bass parts (from my buddy Jim Matheos of FATES WARNING) for the follow-up OSI record, tentatively titled 'Free'. For those of you who don't know who OSI is, shame on you! OSI is the project band from Jim Matheos (guitar, FATES WARNING), Kevin Moore (keys, ex-DREAM THEATER) and Mike Portnoy (drums, DREAM THEATER). This is their second record for InsideOut Music and it is tentatively set for a late March release. Having been a big fan of their debut, I was honored by the call. Look out for this new record for sure.
"On my solo record front, I'm still in the final obsessing stages. For those of you who know what it's like to record your own stuff….. Well, let's just say it's like stripping yourself naked, holding raw tenderloins in each hand in front of two very hungry lions and trying to get used to the temperature of the night air. But I'll survive because I'm in my home studio, not the coliseum in ancient Rome. Seriously, I still hope to have this out of my little tuft of hair by summer.
"On the ARMORED SAINT front: We have been offered a few shows in Europe this summer so we've turned a few shows into a very short one-week mini tour. This all started with an offer to play at this year's Bang Your Head festival in Germany, which will be our second appearance there. We are also on this year's legendary Graspop festival in Belgium and having played in the U.K. (London) only once in our career, we decided to book our first-ever string of U.K. dates. The tour dates are as follows:
Jun. 23 - Arnhem, NL - Willemeen
Jun. 24 - Balingen, Ger - Bang Your Head Festival
Jun. 25 - Dessel, Belg - Graspop Festival
Jun. 27 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Jun. 28 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Jul. 01 - London, UK - Underworld
"As of now, this is the only plan SAINT has for the year but if anything else comes up, you‘ll be sure to hear of it."