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Bruce Dickinson Announces Lineup Changes For His “The Mandrake Project” Touring Band


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Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson has beefed up the touring lineup for his solo venture, newly recruiting guitarists Philip Näslund and Chris Declercq. Roy Z, who worked with Dickinson on his new album, “The Mandrake Project“, was originally set to perform with the British heavy metal legend on this touring cycle. Instead, he has been forced to sit out the run due to personal commitments.

Dickinson commented of the matter as follows:

“Sadly, and with regret, guitarist and producer Roy Z will no longer join the band on tour due to some personal commitments. He will remain in L.A. to work on some remixing and remastering of the catalogue. We all know the show must go on though, and this project is too important to everyone to not be the very best it can be.

I’m gutted about Roy because he assembled most of the album and touring band, introducing Mistheria [keyboards] and Dave Moreno [drums] to the project and mentoring guitarist Chris Declerq. I’m so excited about what both Philip and Chris will bring on stage together and now my only ambition is to grab a little piece of the audiences’ hearts every night.”

Näslund offered:

“Eternally thankful, proud and excited to announce I’ll be shredding alongside the, forever iconic Bruce Dickinson and his AMAZING band The Mandrake Project this spring/summer.”

Bassist Tanya O-Callaghan completes the group’s lineup. A warm-up show with this new roster will take place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on April 15th. Tickets will be up this Tuesday, February 20th at 10:00am PST. A March 01st release date is slated for Dickinson‘s new conceptual album “The Mandrake Project

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