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Insomnium Part Ways With Guitarist Jani Liimatainen After Losing Contact With Him


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Insomnium have commented on the status of their guitarist Jani Liimatainen. According to a statement shared by the Finnish melodic death metal band yesterday, February 16th, the group have parted ways with him following a period of estrangement.

The statement reads as follows:

“Many of you have been asking where Jani Liimatainen is and why there has been no update about his status in the band. The answer is weirdly simple: For a long time we didn’t know where he was and we could not reach him by any means.

The reason why we did not address this situation publicly was that we hadn’t given up hope yet. Obviously, Jani has been a close friend and a much-valued member of this band for years. We wanted to allow him to either solve the situation or at least provide a statement to his fans.

Sadly it is now evident that Jani and the rest of Insomnium have different priorities. We have hence agreed to go separate ways and Insomnium will continue as a 4-piece unit from here on.

This will not affect any of the forthcoming live shows: Ville Friman will be joining for the Finnish shows, Brandon Ellis (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Nick Cordle (Omnium Gatherum) have agreed to fill in the second guitar during the forthcoming North American tour.

We wish Jani all the best in the future and want to thank him for the past years spent with Insomnium.”

The North American tour mentioned above will find them out with Omnium Gatherum and Wilderun at the following shows:

04/11 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
04/12 Montreal, QC – Theatre Beanfield
04/13 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
04/14 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
04/15 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
04/16 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
04/18 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
04/19 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
04/20 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
04/22 Calgary, AB – Dickens
04/23 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
04/25 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
04/26 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/29 San Francisco, CA – August Hall
04/30 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco
05/01 Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theater
05/03 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
05/04 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
05/06 Winter Park, FL – The Conduit
05/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/08 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
05/09 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
05/10 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
05/11 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre

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