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Leverage Recruits New Bassist Sami Norrbacka

Finnish metallers Leverage have issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist:

"Sami Norrbacka is the new member of Leverage. The original bass player Pekka Lampinen has stepped aside for private reasons. Norrbacka has been Leverage's live bass player for all of '09, and is now an official member of the band. Pekka Lampinen is an awesome musician, and we've been lucky to have him in this band. A big thank you for that, bro. We wish you all the best and good health. Sami has practically been in the band band for some time already filling in for Pekka live. He's proven he's a rock solid player and a great guy to work with. So when this situation emerged, it was a given that we'd ask him to become a permanent member of Leverage. Welcome aboard!"

Comments Pekka Lampinen: "Many friendly fans have asked on several forums about the whereabouts of Pekka Lampinen. I announce now, that I am no longer a member of Leverage. The reasons are a personal matter. I've been with the band all the way from the beginning, but now it is time to take some distance. This doesn't mean that I will abandon making music all together, but that now there is time to heal and gather strength for the future. I want to thank the whole band for the times together, and especially the loyal fans that have year in year out come to the gigs and supported this great band. It is good to continue on from here. Rock on!"

Sami Norrbacka also stated: "It is a great honor to be the new bass player for Leverage. For me it is like coming home, because I have known some of these talented guys for so long and because I have been a fan of Leverage from the beginning. I will pursue to continue the
good work that bass maestro Lampinen did with the band and I wish him the very best. I hope to see You all, Riders of Storms in the future!"

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