King Diamond Splits With Hal Patino
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King Diamond, who recently announced a North American Tour for this fall (the first full fledged tour since his triple bypass surgery over three years ago), has fired long time bassist Hal Patino.
In an announcement on Facebook, King stated: "Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990. This will have NO negative impact on our upcoming shows whatsoever. On the contrary."
Patino is expected to make a statement on the situation later today via Facebook, where his latest post reads: "Hal Patino Leaves King Diamond! An official statement will be announced later today on why I've decided to leave the King Diamond band."
King Diamond is currently working on a new album, the first in seven years (2007's "Give Me Your Soul....Please"). The album is slated for release sometime in 2015, as King will await the building of his home studio in order to start recording.
The North American tour is set to commence on October 11th in Atlanta.
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