Hard rock band ADEMA has officially recruited longtime friend Ryan Shuck (JULIEN-K, ORGY) to take on vocals for the band's upcoming tour. He joins the group as the replacement for original vocalist Mark Chavez, who returned to ADEMA in 2017 after previously exiting the group twice.
Commented Shuck: "Last year, I was personally engaged in a major effort to put ADEMA back together — the whole band. I spent a lot of time working on this. These guys are my brothers. I love them. ALL of them.
"I can be VERY convincing (as Mike Ransom has pointed out in many very funny situations),and I desperately wanted the band to go out a tour again, make new music, and live the life we all built. I love Marky and I love his voice. I personally talked to him on multiple occasions, sometimes for a few hours, trying to figure out why the band just couldn't be 'all together' and tour.
"The conclusion of my efforts: Mark DOES. NOT. WANT. TO. DO. ADEMA. PERIOD.
"He told me calmly and clearly. He told me point blank. He does not want to sing to this music anymore. So I stopped pushing him and the band, and I went on my merry way to handle my JULIEN-K workload and new album release. I was sad that ADEMA was not going to be out playing for their fans.
"Until I got a totally fucking random call from Kris Kohls a few weeks ago which got me wondering… 'Can I go out and perform with my brothers and do an amazing job for the band and the fans?' 'Can I do the music I love justice?' ADEMA got offered another great tour with some great bands — and they wanted to do it right. The whole band, with a real frontman that can really 'do it'…. 'Could I do it????' 'Would I be willing to do it???' 'would it be fun?'
"The answer is yes. So I am going to do just that. And I'm going to do it with love and gratitude.
"I know the ADEMA community has essentially not been able to count on anything solid for… maybe 10+ years? I want to end that. Now.
"So, starting this September, I'm going to do 'my thing,' with my brothers in ADEMA (the entire original band) as they do 'their thing,' onstage, 5-6 nights a week, throughout the USA, for what may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience: ADEMA + Ryan Shuck. Please join us this fall — it's going to be amazing."
ADEMA will hit the road this fall as the support act for POWERMAN 5000 on "The Days Of Disorder" tour. Also appearing on the bill are (HED)P.E. and THE GENITORTURERS.
Oct. 16 - Herman's Hideawa - Denver, CO
Oct. 18 - Cavalier Theatre - LaCrosse, WI
Oct. 19 - Club Electric 1175 - Kansasville, WI
Oct. 20 - Electric Room - Angola, IN
Oct. 24 - Manchester Music Hall - Lexington, KY
Oct. 25 - Blue Note - Cincinnati, OH
Oct. 26 - Hard Times - Fredricksburg, VA
Oct. 27 - The Vault - New Bedford, MA
Oct. 30 - Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
Oct. 31 - Club XL - Harrisburg, PA
Nov. 01 - Empire Concert Hall - Akron, OH
Nov. 02 - Fishhead Cantina - Baltimore, MD
Nov. 03 - Glass House - Lynchburg, VA
Nov. 07 - Brauer House - Lombard, IL
Nov. 08 - The Electric Company - Mansfield, OH
Nov. 09 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Nov. 10 - The Citadel - Indianapolis, IN
Nov. 13 - Royale Grove - Lincoln, NE
Nov. 14 - Sunshine Studios Outdoors - Colorado Springs, CO
Nov. 15 - Liquid Joe's - Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 16 - [to be announced] - Las Vegas, NV
Chavez originally left ADEMA in 2004 due to "creative differences" after two successful albums, "Adema" and "Unstable". The singer — who is the half brother of KORN frontman Jonathan Davis — quit ADEMA again in January 2011 in order to pursue his "solo project." He rejoined the group again six years later and played his first comeback show with ADEMA in May 2017 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
After Chavez's original exit from ADEMA, the other members of the band found their way with new lead singers Luke Caraccioli and later Bobby Reeves, while Mark founded MIDNIGHT PANIC with his cousin Peter Shubert. He also produced fellow artists.
ADEMA's last release was 2013's "Topple The Giants". The group's first CD since 2007's "Kill The Headlights" contained brand new tracks plus re-worked versions of ADEMA's chart-topping hits "Giving In" and "Unstable".