As we near the end of what has been not only a year of progress and change for the band, but one of significant importance. October saw the departure of guitarist Ash Wilson from the band, who has taken the time to now focus on his own band project, for which we wish him well. This departure sparked an interesting opportunity for the band and careful consideration as to where we want the bands sound to steer for the future. In the interim period we had the benefit of having my good friend and great guitarist from Belgium Stef Paglia step in to fill the void, whilst we make some decisions.
October also saw the band take to the studio to record the new album "Leave Your Heart at the Door", due for a Feb 2017 release. The 11 track album features an array of stylistic elements new and old fans will find familiar and refreshing, with the bands sound augmented by the sound of Hammond, Rhodes, Piano and strings throughout, provided by King King's own Bob Fridzema. This new sound has cemented the road for the future in the bands mind, and thus the 2017 shows will feature this new sound, and let me tell you it really is something special. So between now and then we finish this year with Dutch Hammond great Colly Fransson with our regular set of material. These shows are one-off never to be seen again, and proving to be a lot of fun for all of us.
So the album has been mixed and is currently being mastered by Jon Astley (Eric Clapton, The Who, Sting, George Harrison etc) at Close To The Edge Studios in the UK. We expect to have physical copies back from print early January, ready for release in February all being well. So between now and then there is much to do, with rehearsals for the new live show commencing in January which will feature a small selection of past set favourites coupled with much of the new material from the latest album, and I for one can not wait to share this with everyone.
So all that remains is to thank everyone that has come to a show this year and made a connection with me, I have made many new friends all over Europe and beyond, and am continually humbled by the whole experience, so to you all I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year! See you in 2017.