Vocalist JEFF SCOTT SOTO: 'SOUL SIRKUS Is Not Dead'

Less than two weeks after signaling a possible end to his SOUL SIRKUS all-star project (which also included JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon), vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN) has issued a follow-up statement elaborating on the group's current status. The statement reads as follows:

"There's been a lot of rumors and speculation flying about the future of SOUL SIRKUS based on some recent interviews from Neal and a post I made MERELY to thank the moderators and guests who ran a SOUL SIRKUS fan site that was recently being closed. My 'words' were that future involvement seemed dismal at this time and place because of scheduling, which I should have been more detailed about, but again, this was a message to individuals, not an official press statement from the band! If it had read 'any touring or new material looked dismal within in the next few months,' that would have been the proper message to have been leaked around the web as now everyone is talking about the band being over, which is NOT the situation!

"The rest of us are doing our individual things at the moment as everyone knows the majority of SOUL SIRKUS time together revolves around Neal and JOURNEY's schedule, which we ALL knew going into this. Neal had about two weeks off the entire year of 2005 and deserves a little down time before either of us continue, so I ask that everyone take a chill pill and let US give you the official word and statements collectively about what's happening instead of elaborating on individual words thrown here and there. SOUL SIRKUS is not dead, we won't go out that easily, that's the official word of January 2006!"

SOUL SIRKUS's debut album, "World Play", was released in Europe in April 2005 via Frontiers Records. As a special bonus, the entire first pressing was specially packaged in ecobook edition featuring a bonus DVD containing the videos for the songs "New Position" and "Another World" plus an interview with the band and behind-the-scenes footage.

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