Dutch symphonic metal act EPICA has rejected as false a report published in the Finnish weekly celebrity gossip magazine Katso that NIGHTWISH leader Tuomas Holopainen and the group's manager Ewo Rytkönen have been in contact with EPICA singer Simone Simons about her possibly taking over the frontwoman position in NIGHTWISH. The Katso report included a rumor that Tuomas and Ewo became convinced that Simone was capable of of being the next NIGHTWISH vocalist after seeing Simone perform with EPICA at this year's Tuska Festival in Helsinki.
In a posting on EPICA's official web site, the Dutch band addressed the latest rumors with the following statement:
"The last few months there have been a lot of rumors about Simone, implying she would leave EPICA to join NIGHTWISH as their new vocalist. With this rumor being published in a Finnish celebrity gossip magazine we are again getting a lot of questions whether or not this is true, so once again: Simone is not in contact with NIGHTWISH nor their management and will not be leaving EPICA. Don't believe everything you read, specially not in gossip magazines:-)"
EPICA recently parted ways with drummer Jeroen Simons and is currently seeking a replacement. Interested parties can contact the group at [email protected].
As previously reported, EPICA's previously announced live DVD, which was filmed on May 4, 2006 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Holland, has been delayed until next year.
EPICA is currently working on material for its third full-length album, which they expect to release sometime in early 2007.