COLD have announced the addition of guitarist Eddie Rendini (ex-DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM) to the group's ranks. Rendini joins the band as the replacement for Terry Balsamo, who recently left COLD to hook up with EVANESCENCE.
"I just wanted to thank everyone for this amazing welcome into an amazing family!" Eddie said in a statement posted on COLD's official message board. "Destiny has a funny way of working itself out… and it was just meant to be that I would be writing and performing with these brilliant musicians. So, I would just like to take this opportunity to let you all know that I will do the very best that I can to not let you guys down.. and thanks for the very warm extended welcome. With every page that is turned.. there is a new one that follows.. And the story does not end here! Scooter, Kelly, Jeremy, Sam and I… we're gonna blow this shit up! Thanks again!"
As previously reported, EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee announced last month that Balsamo had officially replaced Ben Moody — who left EVANESCENCE in October — adding that Balsamo had elected to quit COLD because he was unhappy over frontman Scooter Ward's recent trips to a rehabilitation facility. She subsequently apologized to COLD, stating in an online posting, "It was not my place to make any statements about the status of COLD — COLD is not my band. I've never claimed to be perfect, and I'm not too proud to admit when I'm wrong. To the band: Sorry guys, I didn't mean to hurt anything for you. I'm new at this and I still sometimes forget that the world is listening."
In other news, an early COLD recording, made while the band were still calling themselves GRUNDIG, has been made available for download at this location. The six-song recording, dubbed "Live At Furies", was reportedly made during the "heavy grunge era" and bears little resemblance to the band that released last year's critically acclaimed "Year of the Spider" CD.