KREATOR Plays First Show With Ex-DRAGONFORCE Bassist FRÉDÉRIC LECLERCQ (Video)
October 6, 2019
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR played their first show with their new bass player, Frédéric Leclercq, Saturday night (October 5) in Santiago, Chile.
Earlier on Saturday, Leclercq tweeted: "First show with @kreator in a few hours. It's a very important day for me, my career, but also for the band and for the fans. A new chapter is about to start!"
After the concert, he wrote: "Fuck yes!! Awesome first show with @kreator ! This is where I belong. Muchas gracias Chile!"
Before joining KREATOR, Leclercq rose to fame with U.K.-based extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE for whom he handled bass duties from 2005 until this past August.
When his addition to KREATOR was first announced last month, Leclercq said: "Joining KREATOR is an honor as well as a huge step up in my musical journey. I've been friends with Mille for over 15 years and a lifelong KREATOR fan. I have to pinch myself every day to believe that I'm now a part of one of the best and most influential bands in the genre. I look forward to the many adventures ahead and getting well acquainted with the legendary KREATOR Hordes!"
Added Mille Petrozza, KREATOR's singer and guitarist: "Firstly, we would like to say thank you to Speesy for his time in KREATOR over the last 25 years. We have accomplished so much, and I sincerely wish him the best in his future! A new chapter for KREATOR beckons; Bienvenu Frédéric Leclercq! Fred represents a new focus and hunger within KREATOR and we're extremely excited to have him a part of the KREATOR family. Not only is he an exceptional musician but a great human being which made the decision to have him join the band very easy! We begin in Chile and continue on to some explosive years ahead!"
KREATOR recently announced the "State Of Unrest" European co-headlining tour with LAMB OF GOD, which will mark Leclercq's first tour as the band's new bass player.
KREATOR released its most recent album, "Gods Of Violence", in early 2017, marking the band's highest charting effort worldwide. Since then the group has been touring the globe relentlessly.