De Amerikaanse groove metal band DevilDriver heeft bekendgemaakt dat hun originele bassist Jonathan Miller na tien jaar weer bij de band is gekomen, hij vervangt hiermee Diego “Ashes” Ibarra. Gitarist Alex Lee (Holy Grail) is ook toegetreden tot de band en vult de plek die eerder door Neil Tiemann werd ingenomen tot zijn vertrek afgelopen herfst.
Diego vertrok op 15 juli bij de band en zei daar het volgende over:
Hey everyone I just wanted to let you know I have officially parted ways with DevilDriver it was an honor to play with some of the most talented musicians thus far in my career. I wish DevilDriver the best and look forward to what the future holds and new musical chapters 🤘🏽🎸
Ibarra speelde in DevilDriver tussen 2016 en 2022, en is te vinden op de albums “Outlaws ’til the End: Vol. 1” (2018) en “Dealing with Demons I” (2020).
Over dit vertrek zegt frontman Dez Fafara het volgende:
It’s always difficult letting guys go in any line of work, but we thank Ashes for his time playing with DevilDriver on tour. I’m sad I had to let him go, but to make way for an original member was the right thing to do. We wish him the best and he’s a great guy.Dez Fafara – DevilDriver (Zang)
Jon Miller zelf heeft dit te melden over zijn terugkeer:
After spending the past 10 years away from writing music, recording, and touring, I have made the decision to return to DevilDriver to settle some unfinished business with two lifelong friends.Jon Miller – DevilDriver (Bass)
Frontman Dez Fafara is ook enthousiast:
Jon is a monster on bass and wrote much of our early material. We began talking daily and it just felt right… and having him onstage again will be absolutely pummeling technically and visually! For the fans that have seen the band with Jon in it, please welcome him back. And for those of you who haven’t, get ready because he holds it down! Having most of the OG members in the band now after almost 20 years feels good!Dez Fafara – DevilDriver (Zang)
Get ready because we have a massive tour announcement coming in August! It’s been since July 2019 that we’ve toured, and the break was needed. The fire is there now and we are ready to destroy stages!
Over het toevoegen van Alex Lee zegt hij het volgende:
Alex is a bad ass on guitar and one of the most talented guys I’ve seen in years. He gets along well with the band, he’s a great writer, and onstage he brings the energy. We welcome him and look forward to years of good times.Dez Fafara – DevilDriver (Zang)