Former DIVINE HERESY frontman Tommy Cummings (a.k.a. Tommy Vext) who was fired from the band late last month following a disastrous show in Poughkeepsie, New York has addressed his "supporters and haters alike" in the following MySpace bulletin:
"To all my supporters and haters alike... This is an apology and letter of gratitude to all of you that have taken the time to write me a comment or a touching email. I have read them all but due to the insurmountable amount of messages I am receiving daily, I haven't had the time to reply to everyone individually.
"For the overwhelming amount of support, I would just like to convey my deepest sincere appreciation. I would really like to thank all my fans, friends and family who've come out and that have been an inspiration to me at this stage in my life.
"There has been much said and done in the press since my departure from DIVINE HERESY so much so that I felt compelled to respond with this bulletin. Please know that through all the pathetic slander, mudslinging and lies, my convictions remain steadfast through the strength of your reinforcement.
"Be assured that I am currently working hard on new material with some of my favorite artists.
"For all your inspiration I could never let you guys down... This threat is fucking REAL!"
DIVINE HERESY has tapped Jake Veredika, former lead singer of the Maryland-based metal band PERIPHERY, as the temporary replacement for Cummings.
Veredika played his first show with DIVINE HERESY on Friday, May 9 at the The Fillmore in Philadelphia after only a couple of days' rehearsal.
While a possibility exists that Veredika will join DIVINE HERESY as the permanent replacement for Cummings, the group's guitarist Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY) told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band won't make that decision until after its current "Tyranny And Bloodshred 2008" North American tour with ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and FIREWIND wraps at the end of May.