Drummer Dan Laudo has officially left PRONG. His statement on the matter reads as follows:
"After seven years playing drums for PRONG that included two albums, a live DVD and many tours around the world, I am leaving the band to concentrate on other projects. The BIG ON MARS CD for Kooklavu Records is nearing completion. I'm very excited about the future. Thank you to all the PRONG fans for being so cool over the years. You guys are the best. Keep rockin'."
PRONG's "The Vault" will receive its long-awaited U.S. release on June 28 via Locomotive Music.
Released in Europe on March 14 via Locomotive Music, "The Vault" contains three different concerts on two disks (approximately four hours): The entire 2002 show from Amsterdam (Melkweg), featuring the "new lineup" from the "100% Live" tour, 2003's With Full Force show from Germany and the 2003 concert at the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden. The complete track listing can be found at this location. Two full-length sample videos from "The Vault" have been posted online at bassist Brian Perry's official web site. Check out the tracks "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" and "Close the Door", recorded at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Holand in 2002, at BrianPerry.net.
PRONG's latest CD, "Scorpio Rising", was released in the U.S. early last year through Locomotive Music. The CD, which was produced by mainman Tommy Victor and Steve Bruno, marked the group's first studio effort since 1996's "Rude Awakening".