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STRATOVAIUS's new drummer Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL) has quit after one week in being the band, he's the statement from frontman Timo Tolkki:
"Anders gave me a call and said that he doesn't want to join the band permanently and that he is happy to be in HAMMERFALL playing True Metal. Since I am looking for a permanent member, we agreed in good spirits to go separate ways. I am very disappointed that he didn't want to join STRATOVARIUS permanently, but at the same time I wish him and the HAMMERFALL guys well and best of luck with their career. I suspect that the decision of Anders has something to do with my reputation. I can understand him very well, I wouldn't join a band in which I would be playing in. I have already contacted a Finnish drummer and I hope I can announce his name very soon."
In Metal, Timo Tolkki"
A Finnish lady dubbed Miss K has been enlisted as the band’s new vocalist – she is said to have a 3 octave range and according the the band’s website: “she is capable of transforming Stratovarius’ sound to something unique, something that has never been heard in metal before” – in addition, the drummer for the next album will be Anders Johansson, the brother of Jens Johansson. Meanwhile, Sanctuary Records is asking Timo Tolkki to pay back 1 Million Euros from the recording agreement advance based on their position that the agreement was for the old line up. Tolkki disagrees with their position and refuses to pay.
According to the STRATOVARIUS fan site www.truemetal.org/stratovarius, "Klaus Flaming, the host of the weekly Finnish metal radio show 'Metalliliitto' had a brief chat with [STRATOVARIUS mainman] Timo Tolkki at the afterparty of Sirkkelirock, the Finnish metal awards [on Saturday, January 3]. [During the conversation] Timo mentioned that the new [STRATOVARIUS] vocalist is a good-looking and talented FEMALE. Interesting... I'd however take the comment with a grain of salt as it sounded as if Timo was a bit drunk while making it."
There's been a lot of drama surrounding Stratovarius Vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael are out of STRATOVARIUS. The following message was posted on the band's website:
"After several emergency meetings, this move finds acceptance within the band. “Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have", says singer Kotipelto. "I will now fully concentrate on my solo album and I am convinced that this is the best way for me."More...