Australian metallers of PEGAZUS have issued the following update regarding their upcoming “In Metal We Trust”tour:
“Due to the fact that both Ange Sotiro (drums) and Cory Betts (bass) will not be available for touring duties because of serious working-related issues, the band has asked two well-known names from the past to join the band for the upcoming shows in Melbourne and Europe.
“Ange Sotiro will be replaced by no one other than co-founder of PEGAZUS and former drummer Robbie Stoj! Johnny and Robbie Stoj created PEGAZUS in 1993 and Robbie was the drummer from its beginning ’till 2003, when he had to unfortunately leave the band due to a serious hand injury. In the past few months, he has felt very comfortable and back into the groove of being back behind the drum kit again and will now replace Ange for the upcoming shows.”
“And the surprises will continue as Cory Betts will be replaced on bass by the former PEGAZUS vocalist Rob Thompson!
“After Rob left the band in 2008, he always stayed in close contact with his former bandmates. The band knew that Rob is a great guitarist and bass player as well, so without any doubts he was asked to replace Cory Betts for the tour.”
Commented Thompson: “When I was asked if I was interested to do these shows with PEGAZUS as their bass player, it was a no-brainer for me. I have always loved the band and it makes no difference to me if I’m the lead singer or the bass player. Being on stage with those four guys is all that matters and it’s a unique opportunity which I never thought would happen. The rehearsals so far have shown already that this line-up is gonna kick some ass and you’d better not miss this!”
It has taken the band 13 years to finally return to Europe and the excitement is overwhelming. Founder and guitarist Johnny Stoj comments on the tour and the two guest appearances from Robbie Stoj and Rob Thompson: “It’s definitely been a long time coming and I can’t wait to finally be back in Europe rippin’ it up on stage with the boys. Having both Robbie and Rob on this tour is going to be a BLAST!”
Adds vocalist Justin Fleming: “I’m really pumped to go to Europe and destroy some PAs over there. I hope the fans will not miss the opportunity to see this very special line-up. For Rob and myself, it will be the first time to hit the stages in Europe and being able to do that with this line-up will be an experience none of us will ever forget.”