Waylander Reports On Guitarist Problems
Irish folk metal band Waylander has issued the following band update about losing their live guitarist Gaz:
"It is with angry hearts that we are forced to share this news with you. Just over 2 weeks ago it came to our attention that guitarist Gaz had no intention of either being a member of Waylander nor of fulfilling his live commitments. He had decided to go on tour with another band and hadn't even the decency to let us know in advance. We had our gigs at Winternoise Festival in Germany and a headlining show in London to think about but rather than take the easy option and cancel our performances, we asked original guitarist Dermot O'Hagan to fill in for these gigs and despite not having played electric guitar and Metal in about half a dozen years and only having time to fit in one full rehearsal, i think we can all be proud of both, his, and our efforts and performances at these 2 shows. We are considering our options at the moment but rest assured, no shows or plans that we have, will be put on hold. It's takes more than a knife in the back to stop us.
"We finsihed 2008 on a high note, with our first gig in our home town of Armagh in many, many years,, which went really well, and surprisingly had a fairly decent attendance. We had 2 good support bands in Obsidion and Soulstripper who both played excellent sets. A few weeks later, on the weekend of the Winter Solstice, we flew to Paris for our first ever show in France, where we played on the main stage at Cernunnos Festical. Our record label had arranged some interviews, with one of them being for French national television. Waylander's very first t.v. appearance was conducted by Saul and myself, and i think we came across pretty well. The producers of the show were delighted, so with the editing process beginning today, it shouldn't take too long before we can direct you to where exactly you can all watch it. The downside to the interview was, that it was only finished 10 minutes before we were due on stage, and meant a 2 street dash to make it in time.. The pair of us went onstage out of breath, and understandably, the other lads were freaking out a bit by this time, but all things considered, we put on a good show, helped enormously by the positive energy created by the mindblowing reaction we received from the packed hall.
"Despite the stress and nervousness of playing Winternoise in Osnabruck, Germany and the added pressure of an equipment mix up just as we were about to play, we managed to come out the other side in one piece. It was great to meet Arkona and reacquaint ourselves with our old friends from Mael Mordha and Heidevolk. We made a few more friends for sure, and slowly our star is beginning to rise again in the Germanic lands.
"The London show saw us on good form and we delivered a pleasing set. The one downside was, that due to the location of the venue, many people had to leave during our set to catch their tubes home. We assure you that this was something we had zero control over and we can only apologize to those who had to leave early. We will be back in London within the next few months and we promise an hour long set this time, with everything running on time !
"We're off to Holland for the first time in March, with a show in Arnhem, with hopefully an additional show, so we can make a weekend of it. We have also been chosen to play Hammerfest in Wales in April alongside the mighty Sabbat and Opeth among many others. we've also been fortunate enough to also be chosen to perform at the famous Summerbreeze festival in Germany in August. There are many more gigs to look forward to including bringing our friends from Wolfchant over to Ireland for some shows at the end of May. Expect many more shows to be added over the coming months.
We've taken the betrayal on the chin and stride onwards regardless and with Waylander's status on the rise once more, we look forward with a positive attitude. Bua no Bas !"
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