FIREWIND Guitarist Issues Post-Japanese Tour Update

FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. has issued the following update:

"The third part of our World Allegiance tour came to an end with four very successful shows in Japan! It felt so good going back there exactly one year after our performance at Loudpark festival.

"This has been our longest Japan tour so far, visiting four major cities — Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Yokohama. All venues were good and packed with loud Japanese metalheads — exactly the way we like it!

"We have some great memories of this tour both onstage and offstage. We were treated excellent by the people of Avex and Creative Man (promoters), our Japanese crew was top notch and everything was on time and perfectly in place. That's the way the Japanese people work. Even though I've been there eight times so far, I'm still amazed by their professionalism.

"On our off day we had the chance to do lots of promotion for various radios, TV interviews and of course the prestigious magazines Burrn! and Young Guitar, whom I also shot two instructional DVDs for.

"We'd like to thank the German Metal God, Henning Basse (METALIUM) for taking care of the vocal duties the past months and giving everything on stage with us each night. You're a friend for life and we already miss you! Last but not least, thanks to all our fans in the Land of the Rising Sun for their never-ending support and love! We'll be back soon!"

FIREWIND's 2002 debut album, "Between Heaven & Hell", was re-released in Japan on October 10 via King Records. The reissue includes new artwork, liner notes from guitarist Gus G. and producer David T. Chastain as well as two bonus tracks. Originally released with different cover artwork in Japan, this time the album includes the European cover which was created by legendary artist Kristian Wahlin (KING DIAMOND, DISSECTION, AT THE GATES)

FIREWIND recently announced that singer Apollo Papathanasio will take the next few months off and will be temporarily replaced by German vocalist Henning Basse (METALIUM).

FIREWIND's new single, "Breaking the Silence" (featuring Tara Teresa), entered the national single chart in Greece at position No. 19 and moved up to No. 16 in its second week. The video for the single's title cut was directed by Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL).

Watch fan-filmed video footage of FIREWIND's September 30, 2007 performance at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City:

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