Tag: Tom Hess
(another Heavy Metal WTF?!?? RHAPSODY OF FIRE announce split with Luca Turilli who will have a band named RHAPSODY (just so you aren’t confused)
After 15 years of friendship, hard work, passion fully invested in the creation of symphonic music, and an epic saga that will remain embedded in the history of heavy metal, RHAPSODY OF FIRE keyboard player Alex Staropoli and guitarist / composer Luca Turilli have decided on an amicable split.
“10 albums released and the end of the saga represent – musically and lyrically – an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the success of our last release From Chaos To Eternity, for which we want to thank our wonderful fans once again. Now it came the time when new artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect to both parties’ visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship,” say Luca and Alex.
Due to the latest legal agreements currently in force, Alex Staropoli will go on with the RHAPSODY OF FIRE name keeping singer Fabio Lione, drummer Alex Holzwarth, and guitarist Tom Hess.
Following the same agreements and the original name’s common ownership, guitarist Luca Turilli will release his future works with a new band as RHAPSODY, which will include guitarist Dominique Leurquin, bassist Patrice Guers, and drummmer Alex Holzwarth.
Alex says: “While wishing the best to Luca and his new band, I want to tell you that Fabio and myself feel motivated and stronger than ever and that RHAPSODY OF FIRE are already planning a great worldwide tour. More information regarding the new bass player and the new second guitar player will follow. Stay tuned!”
Really??? You are leaving the band you have been in for 15 years, and you are starting your own band… with the same name (ish)? Did we not learn anything from L.A. GUNS people? I know there are more bands out there touring under the same moniker, but they aren’t necessarily making new music. This guy is leaving an established act, and going to do a new band, but take part of the name, for the recognition factor of course.
Look, you want to leave your band? Do it. Leave. But leave the name, go and be in a new band. Just call it something else for fuck’s sake.