Reunited Los Angeles heavy metal legends MALICE have issued the following update:
"Due to unfortunate circumstances, the reunited MALICE will not be able to play in Europe this summer. The shows at London Underworld and the Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany are now postponed until next year. We had five other shows scheduled with another promoter that would have paid our expenses, but they are out of business and we cannot afford to 'pay to play.' Instead, MALICE will be recording new demos in L.A. and playing a few select shows. The first confirmed show is Friday, July 13 at Paladino's in Reseda, CA, followed by another show on July 14th, location to be announced. Stay tuned for details! We apologize to all of our fans, friends and promoters and we will see ya soon."
MALICE — whose current lineup includes the three original guitar slingers (Mick Zane, Jay Reynolds and Mark Behn) alongside Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE, MICHAEL SCHENKER) on drums and newfound vocal sensation Brian Allen — is currently in negotiations with several labels and a record deal appears to be "imminent." Reynolds previously stated that the new MALICE material would be "heavier than ever." New MALICE vocalist Brian Allen is doing double duty as frontman for LAST EMPIRE, which is currently putting the finishing touches on its new CD. Meanwhile, drummer Pete Homes has been moonlighting with Mandy Lion and WWIII. Jay Reynolds recently completed a U.S. tour with METAL CHURCH, while Mick Zane and Mark Behn are in Los Angeles writing and demoing the new MALICE album.
MALICE's two Atlantic releases — "In the Beginning" (1985) and "License to Kill" (1986) — are available Stateside on WEA label Wounded Bird and have continued to sell over the years. The band also plans to release several live DVDs from the '80s and possibly a retrospective of past demos and unreleased songs.
For more information, visit MALICE's newly launched official web site, www.malicemusic.com.