Hail! to Continue Tour Despite Paul Gray's Passing; James Lomenzo to Step In
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Metal supergroup Hail! has issued a statement through their MySpace page announcing the continuation of the planned European tour despite the tragic passing of Paul Gray, who was a member of Hail!'s rotating cast. The group counts as its members Andreas Kisser, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Paul Bostaph, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Jimmy DeGrasso and Roy Mayorga. The full statement reads as follows:
"On Monday we were dealt a devastating blow with Paul’s passing two days before our departure. We discussed the situation and unanimously thought that in the face of this tragedy we needed to remain strong and push forward because Paul would have vehemently insisted that the show must go on. In a desperate situation we made an emergency call to James Lomenzo and James responded with a Herculean effort, on only one day’s notice, to fly to Portugal and rescue the Rock In Rio Festival. His immediate and unselfish call to arms single-handedly saved this entire tour."
Hails' European dates are as follows, and more tour and band information can be found at their MySpace.
May 30 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Festival (Megadeth/Motorhead)
June 1 - Novosibirsk, Siberia - Izjum
June 2 - Tomsk, Siberia - Fakal
June 3 - Omsk, Siberia - Kristall
June 4 - Ekaterinburg, Russia - TeleClub
June 5 - Moscow, Russia - Tochka
June 6 - Kiev, Ukraine - Bingo
June 8 - Helsinki, Finland - Dante's Highlight
June 9 - Tallin, Estonia - Rock Cafe
June 11 - Kouvala, Finland - House Of Rock
June 12 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Festival
June 14 - Madrid, Spain - Rock In Rio Festival (Metallica/Motorhead)
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