Reactivated Florida-based melodic metallers CRIMSON GLORY have released a statement following the overwhelming success of their recent 25th-anniversary European tour:
"We are incredibly proud and pleased with how well our shows were received in Europe! The fans were amazing and really impressed us with how sincere and genuine they were. We truly have the most passionate, loyal fans in the world! It was so great to see people who were at the first shows twenty five years ago, to hear how they've grown and changed, and to see the insane amount of photos, records and memorabilia that they brought with them.
"Everyone was on-point; our friends in TRIOSPHERE and CIRRHA NIVA were great company and delivered excellent shows, but the real star of this tour was new [CRIMSON GLORY] vocalist Todd La Torre.
"Todd blew the doors off of every venue we played, and proved himself every night, from the first show to the last! The fans, club owners, promoters and press, were all amazed by him and impressed by the band's performance overall. Todd rose to the challenge presented to him and exceeded everyone's expectations! The amount of love and acceptance shown to him by our fans was overwhelming, and there were many whom he met who could only whisper 'Thank you,' with tears in their eyes.
"There is no doubt that Todd is the perfect fit for CRIMSON GLORY, and we all agree that [late CRIMSON singer] Midnight would be extremely proud of him and his performance of all our classic songs.
"We would also like to take a moment to again express our sincere apologies to our friends and many fans in Milan, Italy. We were very saddened to learn of the Milan show's short-notice cancellation, and to this end we wish to remind you all that this was a situation that was outside of CRIMSON GLORY and the tour, and completely beyond our control.
"We want to personally thank every one of you who made the long trip to the Pratteln and Essen shows, and we are making plans to return to Italy in summer or autumn 2011.
"We are eager to get back out on the road again, and we will be announcing more dates shortly. CRIMSON GLORY will also be going back into the studio to continue work on our new record, tentatively scheduled for release in early 2012.
"Thank you all again for making the beginning of our 25th-anniversary tour a smashing success!"
Chile's Blitzkrieg conducted an interview with guitarist Jon Drenning and vocalist Todd La Torre of CRIMSON GLORY before the band's April 28, 2011 concert in Zoetermeer, Holland. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is performance footage from the Zoetermeer show.