BEATALLICA Part Ways With Bassist

January 18, 2006

Milwaukee-based BEATALLICA, a satirical mashup act whose hilarious schtick marries the songwriting prowess of the BEATLES to the deep-throated rock growl of METALLICA, have parted ways with bassist Kliff McBurtney (real name: Lee Bruso). Bruso's statement on the matter reads as follows:

"Seeing as I can't find a cutesy way to sugarcoat this, I'm just going to come out and say it. Yesterday morning I received a call from Jaymz [Lennfield; real name: Michael Tierney] informing me that, due to me not living in the Milwaukee area, BEATALLICA no longer requires my services. I was hoping there could be a way to work around this but it's an avenue they choose not to explore. I'm told they are moving forward with the guy who filled in for me on this last tour and he is the one they will be taking on tour in Europe this coming spring. While I understand their reasons, I can't say that I'm pleased with the outcome. I was really looking forward to getting back out there again to play for all of you.

"So what happens now? I go back to being Lee Bruso and continue on playing music. While I have nothing on the slate at the moment I am pretty eager to get back to writing and performing original material again. Like most everyone else, I have the MySpace thing rockin' these days ( and I keep it nice and updated. Be sure to check me out there and feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] anytime.

"Before I go I want to thank all of you, the fans and the bands, who have been nothing short of fantastic to me. You have no idea how much I appreciate your support. THANK YOU!!!"

BEATALLICA received help from METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich last year in their dispute with the Sony Corporation over BEATALLICA's "unlawful use" of the group's compositions "without authorization or license." The case has since been resolved, with BEATALLICA being allowed once again to operate their web site,, and continue performing their patented blend of BEATLES tunes in a METALLICA style.

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