Florida-based melodic metal veterans CRIMSON GLORY will be joined by the following special guest vocalists for their headlining performance at the ProgPower USA X festival on September 11, 2009 at the Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia:
* Wade Black (CRIMSON GLORY, LEATHERWOLF)
* Zak Stevens (SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE)
* Lance King (PYRAMAZE, BALANCE OF POWER)
* Nils K. Rue (PAGAN'S MIND)
* Chris Salinas (ZERO HOUR, POWER OF OMENS)
* Ronny Monroe (METAL CHURCH)
* Andy Franck (BRAINSTORM, SYMPHORCE, IVANHOE)
* Sean Peck (CAGE)
* Danilo Herbert (MINDFLOW)
* Joakim Brodén (SABATON)
* Michael Eriksen (CIRCUS MAXIMUS)
* David Vanlanding (CRIMSON GLORY, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP)
Additional guest singers will be announced as they are confirmed.
Also performing alongside the band will be guitarist Matt LaPorte (JON OLIVA'S PAIN, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, MIDNIGHT) and keyboardist John Zahner (CRIMSON GLORY, SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, JON OLIVA'S PAIN), as well as bassist Nolen Strong and vocalist Danaë Saree.
Commented CRIMSON GLORY: "The response of singers wanting to be a part of this has been nothing short of overwhelming, and we are very pleased with the lineup thus far. Indeed, we are both excited and honored to be sharing the stage with such incredibly talented people; each have made a name for themselves with their individual vocal stylings and we look forward to having them alongside us as we showcase [late singer] Midnight's extraordinary career with CRIMSON GLORY.
"As this is our only U.S. show date scheduled for 2009, this promises to be a truly memorable show for long-time fans as well as the 'new blood' with something for everybody, and we feel that Midnight would be very pleasantly surprised to know that so many gifted singers have stepped up to lend their unique voices to his tribute.
"We realize that many ProgPower USA attendees were coming to this year's fest to see specific bands, the absence of whom have allowed us this great opportunity to perform. It is our sincere hope that the varied lineup of guest performers we have selected will ensure that all who attend this year get something truly personal and special from our show.
"CRIMSON GLORY wishes to again extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to founder/promotor Glenn Harveston for offering this great opportunity to celebrate Midnight's legendary legacy with our band, as well as for working so hard to keep this incredible festival going for ten years strong.
"We are proud to be a part of ProgPower USA, and we aim to help make this the most memorable and truly special ProgPower event since its inception.
"Lastly, to all of our fans both diehard and new, we thank you for your amazing support: it is YOU who make CRIMSON GLORY's music truly eternal.
"We're looking forward to meeting those of you coming to the fest; we'll see you in September!"
CRIMSON GLORY bassist Jeff Lords will not participate in the band's headlining appearance at the ProgPower USA tenth-anniversary festival for "personal" reasons.
Midnight passed away on Wednesday, July 8 from "total kidney and liver failure." He was 47 years old.
Midnight sang on CRIMSON GLORY's first three albums — "Crimson Glory" (1986), "Transcendence" (1988) and "Strange and Beautiful" (1991) — before going into self-imposed exile for almost a decade. He eventually rejoined CRIMSON GLORY in 2005 but was dismissed in January 2007.
CRIMSON GLORY's classic "Lonely" video (off "Transcendence"):