Guitarist KURDT VANDERHOOF Sits Out METAL CHURCH Tour, Temporary Replacement Announced

Due to "prior commitments," guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof will not be performing with METAL CHURCH on their three-week U.S. run with W.A.S.P. He will be temporarily replaced by Ira Black (VICIOUS RUMORS, CHRIS CAFFERY).

"I have been hired by the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA to do some engineering on their upcoming album and had already committed to that project prior to getting the W.A.S.P. tour," Kurdt explained in a statement. "The band really wanted to play these dates so rather than turning it down we agreed to bring Ira in to fill the spot. He is a fantastic musician and a great guy and I know he will do a great job with the METAL CHURCH songs. We will begin putting the new METAL CHURCH record together after I finish my work with TSO."

METAL CHURCH are touring in support of their latest album, "The Weight of the World", available now on SPV Records. The band's current lineup is completed by guitarist Jay Reynolds (ex-MALICE), vocalist Ronny Munroe (ex-ROTTWEILLER), drummer Kirk Arrington and bassist Steve Unger.

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