NILE Part Ways With Bassist

February 27, 2005

NILE have parted ways with bassist Jon Vesano. "He has decided that he will stay at his day job, which was not mutually compatable with NILE's touring commitments, and work on his DARK MOON project on weekends/spare time," NILE mainman Karl Sanders writes on the group's web site.

"Jon has emphasized that while he realizes the incredibly bad position his sudden decision puts the band that there is absolutely nothing personal towards the other members of NILE involved in his decision, only that it is in his long-term personal interest not give up his day job and lifestyle for the sake of the upcoming NILE tours.

"The show, as they say, must go on. With only a matter of days notice from Jon before our upcoming tour, NILE has enlisted the temporary bass services of Steve Tucker [ex-MORBID ANGEL] for the European run — and Krieshloff of LECHEROUS NOCTURNE for the American KING DIAMOND tour; while we consider options for a more permanent solution to our now vacant bass position.

"Also, the band will now be moving Dallas [Toler-Wade, guitar/vocals] over to the lead vocal spot in center stage, as Dallas had been recently taking over more and more vocal duties. Dallas also gave an incredibly crushing vocal performance on the new album, so it seems like now is as good a time as any for the band to to go ahead and move Dallas over to centerstage.

"It is not very well known, but Dallas fronted every single band he was in before joining NILE, and I have seen first-hand his utmost musically commanding capacity in this regard. We had considered moving Dallas over when Chief [Spires, ex-bassist/vocalist] left years ago, but for various reasons, we just left our onstage arrangements as they had been for some time with our three-vocal attack."


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