RAGING SPEEDHORN Part Ways With Guitarist

Britain's RAGING SPEEDHORN have announced the departure of guitarist Tony Loughlin from the group's ranks.

The following is guitarist Gareth "Gaz" Smith's official statement on the matter:

"I'm sorry to announce that Tony and SPEEDHORN have parted ways. It's a sad situation all round but one I hope that will be best for everybody in the future. I've got five years of good memories of being in a band with Tony and it sucks that there won't be any more. I'm sure Tony will continue to stay involved in the music industry, whatever he does though, everybody in the band wishes him only the best for the future.

"As for SPEEDHORN, things will proceed as normal. We are on the verge of a new deal, a new live record and a new studio album with touring to come next year. SPEEDHORN will continue to be a six-piece and there will definitely be a permanent new guitarist in the band for the next record.

"I'm sorry this was announced before the band could make a statement about it. The situation between the band and Tony is NOT as portrayed in earlier comments. There is no malice or ill feeling from either party. I can personally say that I hope myself and Tony remain good friends. I'm sure we will."

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