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Pink Cream 69 Drummer Kosta Zafiriou Splits With Band, Drum Tech Chris Schmidt To Replace

Drummer and original member Kosta Zafiriou has split with Pink Cream 69 in an effort to concentrate on new band Unisonic (featuring Ex-Helloween founder Kai Hansen and vocalist Michael Kiske). He will be replaced by his long time drum technician Mike Schmidt, who also played with Sunstorm.

Zaifiriou explained his departure:

It was a very hard decision to leave the band I co-founded back in 1987, but I am sure this is the right step. Due to my various activities with my company Bottom Row plus being the drummer and manager of my new band UNISONIC, more and more I felt I was retarding PC 69´s career. Chris is a great drummer and a good friend of the band since many years, which makes him the perfect match for PINK CREAM 69. I wish the guys only the best and look forward to see the first show with him - as a visitor, enjoying the songs that accompanied me half of my life!

On March 1, 2012, the band entered the studio to record it's 11th full length studio release and successor to “In10sity” (2007). The new, yet-untitled, album is targeted for release by Frontiers Records in the autumn of 2012.

Guitarist Alfred Koffler commented on the new album:

The vibe within the band is very enthusiastic and creative. There are far too many strong songs by Dennis (Ward), David (Readman) and myself to pick from. There will be eleven of them on the album plus a couple of bonus tracks for the different markets and formats. We also will have guest appearances by two famous musicians on the new record – both fans of the band. More on that soon!

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