EPICA Stand-In Singer Posts Video Update

April 4, 2008

Amanda Somerville the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who has been tapped to replace EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on the band's North American tour with SYMPHONY X due to Simons' ongoing health issues has posted the following update:

"My goodness, tomorrow [Friday, April 4] is the first show with EPICA in Cambridge, MA (near Boston). The past week has been a blur, and now here I am sitting on the tour bus with everyone else asleep, bringing this to you via wireless satellite Internet while breathing in the diesel fumes of the semis idling on all sides while the bus driver fills up the tank at a truck stop. Am I actually here? Holy cow, I am. I can tell because this coughing fit can't be anything but real.

"So, I've got a fun surprise for you in the works. I'll be bringing you along for the ride by making a video tour blog. Check out my YouTube channel and come experience the tour with me! I'll try to post as often as I can, but the first one from today is already up! It's bound to be a wild ride with these crazy Dutchies!"

Watch the short one-minute clip below.

EPICA lead singer Simone Simons was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA),also known as the hospital bacteria.

A Michigan native, Amanda has resided and worked mainly in Germany and the Netherlands since 1999. She has collaborated with several bands in the metal scene (EDGUY, AFTER FOREVER, EPICA, KAMELOT, etc.) along with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, and co-wrote the rock opera "Aina". Her own music is of the pop-rock genre and she is currently focusing on her solo career.

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