METAL CHURCH Drummer's Spinal Disk Injury Forces Concert Cancellations

February 1, 2007

Last night (Jan. 31) in Nashville, METAL CHURCH drummer Jeff Plate suffered a spinal disk injury. Jeff is currently seeking medical treatment, and the prognosis is soon to follow. Unfortunately, the band has been forced to cancel at least 3-6 shows, pending Jeff's prognosis.

Commented the band: "We apologize to our fans for the inconvenience... We were especially looking forward to the Texas shows and makeup dates should be forthcoming soon. Contact your venues for refund/honoring information."

The following shows are definitely cancelled:

Feb. 01 - The Princess Theater - Columbus MS
Feb. 02 - Ridglea Theater - Fort Worth, TX
Feb. 03 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX

More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, the five current members of METAL CHURCH will host "The Classic Metal Show" on Saturday, February 3. Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar),Ronny Munroe (vocals),Jay Reynolds (guitar),Steve Unger (bass) and Jeff Plate (drums) will discuss their current album, "A Light in the Dark", as well as the history of the band, the passing of David Wayne, and their involvement in other bands, including MALICE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, CHRIS CAFFERY, SAVATAGE and PRESTO BALLET.

"The Classic Metal Show" is heard live every Saturday from 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. EST, and in rebroadcast throughout the week.

To view the weekly schedule or to tune in, go to

Escapi Music has set a February 23 German release date for a live METAL CHURCH DVD featuring the band's now 1991 performance at the Dynamo Open Air festival in Eindhoven, Holland. The footage features the band touring in support of its "The Human Factor" album with the following lineup:

Mike Howe (vocals)
Craig Marshall (guitars)
Craig Wells (guitars)
Duke Erickson (bass)
Kirk Arrington (drums)

METAL CHURCH's video for the song "Mirror of Lies" has been posted online at this location (you must have Flash enabled to view the video). The clip was shot by Roax Films on the band's "Light in the Dark" summer European tour at the Wacken Open Air festival and in Hamburg at the Markthalle.

METAL CHURCH's latest album, "A Light in the Dark", was released in Europe on June 19, 2006 (June 27 in the U.S.) via SPV. The CD includes a new version of the classic "Watch the Children Pray" as a tribute to vocalist David Wayne, who passed away in May 2005.

(Thanks: Andrew / The Space Lord)

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