April 28, 2007

METAL CHURCH lead singer Ronny Munroe will join festival co-headliners JON OLIVA'S PAIN on stage to close out the night's festivities at the Bay Area Rock Fest next weekend, May 4-5.

Commented JON OLIVA'S PAIN in a statement: "Having shared the stage with METAL CHURCH last year, including an unscheduled cover tune jam at Spain's Metalway festival in Gernika, JOP is honored to have Ronny performing with them once again. Special thanks to Ronny for donating his valuable time in helping to raise money and awareness for Guitars Not Guns, the charity recipient for this great festival."

Bay Area Rock Fest is a progressive rock and metal festival which will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5 at The Independent in San Francisco. Confirmed acts include JON OLIVA'S PAIN, SPOCK'S BEARD, ENCHANT, CRIMSON GLORY, MOB RULES, BALANCE OF POWER, ZERO HOUR, EYEFEAR, TIMELINE and ODINS COURT. D.C. Cooper has been confirmed as a special guest of the festival. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Guitars Not Guns, a national charity that brings music lessons and guitars to inner-city youth.

Single-day tickets are now available for Friday and Saturday nights at $48.00 in advance or at the door. Festival ticket prices remain the same at $85.00. Tickets are available through or at the Independent Box office.

JON OLIVA'S PAIN has just returned from its spring 2007 European tour, performing 17 shows in 8 countries. Pre-production is well underway for the third release from JOP, due out on AFM Records in January/February 2008. A very special multi-media presentation is set to be included with the next release. JOP will return to Europe in October when they headline the prestigious ProgPower Europe festival in Holland. More tour dates will be added soon.

Ronny Munroe is presently working on a solo album with his former ROTTWEILLER bandmates Rick Van Zandt (guitar) and Israel Rehaume (bass). Munroe is looking to add more members for project and has plans to tour after CD is completed. If you are a drummer or a guitarist that can play keyboards, and are interested in the position, please e-mail Ronny at his MySpace page.

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.

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