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Brazilian singer/guitarist/songwriter Gus Monsanto has parted ways with the French prog-metal band ADAGIO after four years of hard work, which included a successful album and a European tour.
"We parted ways friendly," Gus said. "It has been an overwhelming experience to fill David Readman's shoes and I will take with me the great people I met on the road, the friends I made during this period, the countries I have visited. The road stories and great music I made with Stephan, Franck, Eric and Kevin will not be forgotten. They will carry on as the archangels in black they are, we are metal commandos."
Gus' departure from ADAGIO will allow him to focus in other hard rock and heavy metal projects.
"There's a lot on my plate right now. June 8 will see the release of THE LIGHTSEEKERS CD, which is a really great French hard rock band I have been working with," Monsanto said. "I also have a spankin' new project called ZYON VEGA with fellow AQUARIA members Bruno Agra (drums), Fernando Giovanetti (bass) and Alberto Kury (keyboards), plus ATLANTIDA's guitarist, Alexandre Macedo, who's been pursuing this new chapter with me."
ADAGIO frontman Gus Monsanto has issued the following update:
"After a great summer with many shows with ADAGIO that came to a great ending with the KAMELOT tour, I am back home in Brazil."
"There's some really cool stuff lined up. I will be reuniting my old hard rock band Angel Heart on November 17 in Petropolis (Rio de Janeiro). We will have some very special guests, such as Renato Tribuzy (TRIBUZY) and Bruno Sutter (MASSACRATION). I will also be teaming up with Kiko Loureiro, ANGRA's guitar player, for a workshop on November 20, also in Petropolis."
"Right now, I am finishing the production of a new heavy metal band's debut CD, SKYRION 'Beyond Creation', which is probably coming out in 2008." More...
Guitarist Stéphan Forté of the French metallers ADAGIO has issued the following update:
"Well, that's it. Last week we played our last show for 'Dominate' album, and now it's time to finish 'Archangels in Black'. This tour has been awesome for ADAGIO, with very huge moments like touring in Japan for the first time and playing Tunisia again along with FIREWIND and AFTER FOREVER.
"A new chapter is starting now and that means next tour will be totally different, and will probably start around April/May 2008 for the release of 'Archangels in Black'. More...
French progressive metallers ADAGIO have scheduled the following dates:
Aug. 10 - Rades - Amphitheater (Rock in Rades Festival) - Tunisia
Sep. 07 - Estombar-Lagoa - Portugal
Sep. 12 - Tokyo - Club Quattro - Japan (w/ KORPIKLAANI)
Sep. 13 - Nagoya - Club Quattro - Japan (w/ KORPIKLAANI)
Sep. 14 - Osaka - Club Quattro - Japan (w/ KORPIKLAANI)
Oct. 02 - Lyon - Transbordeur - France (w/ KAMELOT)
Oct. 03 - Bordeaux - Rock School Barbey - France (w/ KAMELOT) More...
Guitarist Stephan Forté has completed the songwriting sessions for ADAGIO's fourth album, entitled "Archangels in Black". The album will feature nine songs plus a bonus track for Japan. According to the band, the compositions are "the ultimate balance between melodic and extreme metal and can be considered a more brutal vision of 'Underworld'." The recording sessions will start in October for an early 2007 release.
ADAGIO released its latest album, "Dominate", in North America and Europe (outside France) in July via Locomotive Music. The CD — which was issued in Japan in December via Avalon/Marquee and in France in March through Double Vision (via Sony/BMG distribution) — was produced by Stephan Forté and Kevin Codfert, and was mixed at House of Audio Studios in Germany by Dennis Ward.
French progressive metallers ADAGIO have lined up the following dates during the coming months:
Jun. 29 - Paris, FRA @ Elysée Montmartre
Jul. 06 - Tours, FRA @ Maison de l'Etudiant
Jul. 07 - Bellegarde, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 09 - Paris, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 10 - Raismes, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 11 - Le Havre, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 14 - Nantes, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 15 - Poitiers, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 16 - Bilbao, SPA @ TBA
Sep. 18 - Montpellier, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 19 - Salon, FRA @ TBA
ADAGIO's June 29 concert in Paris will be filmed for an upcoming DVD. Opening guests MISANTHROPE will play a one-hour show, and ADAGIO's set will be 90 minutes.
ADAGIO's July 6 performance in Tours will be exclusive showcase, with the audience limited to just 200. Opening the show will be Matthias Eklundh of FREAK KITCHEN, who will play some amazing tunes from his solo albums. A signing session will follow the concert. More...
Green Carnation have announced that they will be play in France for the first time ever with an appearance at the 9th annual prog/rock/metal festival, Raismes Festival, on September 9th. Green Carnation's drummer, Tommy Jackson had the following to say about the festival: "We have been waiting a long time to play in France, and we’re delighted to be invited to the festival. It will be a great start to what promises to be a good tour for the band."
Other bands featured are Freak Kitchen, Adagio, Andromeda, Watcha, and others. Raismes Fest will take place at Le Château de la Princesse d'Arenberg park on September 9 and 10. Following the show in France, the band will take part in the European Harvest Festival tour. Also appearing on the bill are headliners Tristania, Morgana Lefay, Machine Men, Deranged and one more as-yet-unannounced band. Dates are as follows:
September 10 - Paris, FRA @ TBA
September 11 - Essen, GER @ TBA
September 12 - Berlin, GER @ TBA
September13 - Hamburg, GER @ TBA
September 14 - Erfurt, GER @ TBA
September 15 - Leipzig, GER @ TBA
September 16 - Prague, CZR @ TBA
September 17 - Wien, AUT @ TBA
September 18 - Munich, GER @ TBA
September 19 - Pratteln, SWI @ TBA
September 20 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ TBA
September 21 - Frankfurt, GER @ TBA
September 22 - Strasbourg, FRA @ TBA
September 23 - Antwerpen, BEL @ TBA
September 24 - Hardenberg, NETH @ TBA
This will be Green Carnation's first European tour since 2003.
Green Carnation has a track entitled, "Pile of Doubt," from 2005's "The Quiet Offspring" which is featured on the recently released popular baseball game franchise, Major League Baseball 2K6.
Official photos from this year's ProgPower USA V festival held in Atlanta, Georgia on September 17-18 have been posted online here.
The photos were taken by Todd Brown, the festival's official photographer.
Stephan Forte from Adagio is available for guitar lessons in the Parisian region. If you are interested, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The band found the new member, who was selected by the demos that the band received. He's Gus Monsanto and is from Brazil. The first performance for him will be on 11/09/2004 in Toulouse and on 18/09/2004 in Progpower festival in Atlanta, and some other concerts over Europe.
After that shows, the band will be concentrating on composition a new album.
Ben Jackson and Midnight of Crimson Glory fame have been confirmed as special guests at ProgPower USA V on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18 Earthlink Live in Atlanta. The duo made their last appearance together in June at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles’ "Six Pack" festival in June, where they performed a rare acoustic set together. Jackson and Midnight will join previously announced special guest Timo Kotipelto (Kotipelto, Stratovarius) and vocalist Rob Rock.
ProgPower USA V will be headlined by current and former members of Savatage, uniting for one night only, along with Edguy, Kamelot, Pain of Salvation, Wuthering Heights, Dreamscape, Adagio, Brainstorm, Tad Morose, and Into Eternity.
The show officially sold out in early May, making it the third consecutive year ProgPower has sold out more than four months in advance.
For more information on the event, go to www.progpowerusa.com.
"It’s with great regret that we have to announce that David Readman is no longer the singer of Adagio.
Before anything else, I would like to mention that this decision has nothing to do with our personal feelings with David. We’ve been great friends, we had a lot of fun together but it was clear that a longer collaboration with Bottom Row (David’s management) would have killed the band in no time.
I will not go into details, but all I can say, is that each new show, studio album or new project have been subject to really unpleasant negotiations, under the threat of being blocked many times and it was not possible for us to work under such a permanent pressure anymore.
We’ve done all the possible to keep on working with David, but after few years, we’ve decided to stop making compromises, and to finally take the best decision for Adagio’s future.
We have now to move forward, and so we’re looking for a new singer.
As the band has a lot of upcoming things going on like the Prog power fest in Atlanta in September and the recordings of the next album before the end of the year, some auditions will take place very soon.
So, if you’re living in Europe, you have a great voice and above all, if you think you have your chances to become the new singer of Adagio, then please send:
- 1 good quality MP3 representative of your voice
- A short bio
- 2 recent pictures
All demos will be listened, and if you’re selected for an audition, you will receive an e-mail confirmation within one week. All the e-mails have to be sent before August 10th.
Thanks a lot for your understanding and support,