TRISTANIA To Be Joined By Violin Virtuoso PETE JOHANSEN On Upcoming Tour

Norwegian gothic metallers TRISTANIA have announced that violin virtuoso Pete Johansen will be joining the band on the first half of the upcoming European leg of the "Rubicon" tour.

After playing at the "Rubicon" release party in Stavanger, Johansen will rejoin the band in London on October 8 for the concert at Camden Underworld, and stay on board until after the Krakow concert on October 15.

Commented the group: "This wasn't really planned at all. Pete was supposed to join us for the release party in Stavanger and that was all, but on our first rehearsal together just a few weeks ago everything just clicked. We did actually joke with Pete about him joining us for the tour, and little did we know that only two days after, Pete would offer his incredible talent to us for so many more gigs than planned. We're all really buzzing about this, and we think our fans will see this as a nice bonus."

Pete Johansen rejoined forces with TRISTANIA during the "Rubicon" studio sessions earlier this year and recorded guest violin parts for several of the songs on the album. This was their first collaboration since "World of Glass" (2001).

"Year Of The Rat", the new video from TRISTANIA, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's sixth album, "Rubicon", which was released last month via Austria's Napalm Records.

TRISTANIA in 2007 announced the addition of Italian singer Mariangela "Mary" Demurtas to the group's ranks. Guitarist Gyri LosnegÄrd was added to the lineup in 2008.

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