This just stunned me, and this has to be a first in music history re: going on a farewell tour with a new member of the band. Gee, farewell, young 31-year old, what a career and we hardly knew thee!
At this point, turn the thing into a circus and bring back Ripper, Al Atkins, the black guy, and the other child molester drummer for a few songs each and just be done with it.
What kind of goodbye will it be to someone no one has ever seen before? Quit now, abandon the farewell tour idea, and say goodbye respectfully.
We would laugh just as hard if Dave Murray or Rudolf Schenker or Kirk Hammett left their bands right before a goodbye tour.
Judas Priest played this all wrong, cementing a permanent replacement for this thing. At the very least, they should have tapped into the amazing resource of having an already established superstar acting as a "guest guitarist" for a couple weeks at a time e.g. Yngwie, Satriani, Marty Friedman, in other words, all the guys who list JP as a major influence on their lives.
What a joke, if they announce a U.S. tour I expect to pay no more than $20 for this instantly-altered cover band.
Last edited by Maideneer; 04-20-2011 at 10:14 AM.