Reunited '80s Dutch metal band PICTURE has parted ways with guitarist Rob van Enkhuizen and has replaced him with Gert Nijboer (HIGHWAY CHILE, HEADS DOWN).
Commented the band: "This decision has been made on friendly terms and because of the long history that Rob has with PICTURE, we will play one more gig with Rob in our lineup at June 5th in Winkel, Netherlands. On that day, we will say goodbye then to Rob officially, but for now we also want to wish him already all the very best for everything he will do in the future.
"In the short period we are working together, Gert has showed a tremendous dedication, next to amazing guitar skills. We are happy that all went so smooth and you can all see Gert already this weekend live for the first time with PICTURE in Lübeck and Kerkrade!"
"Now It's Too Late", the latest video from PICTURE, can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's most recent album, "Old Dogs, New Tricks", which was released on October 1, 2009 — exactly 30 years after the band's debut record first saw the light of day.
PICTURE was the first "real" Dutch heavy metal band. Formed in 1979, they were especially popular in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy for their live performances. They still supposedly have a huge fan base in South America, Mexico and Japan.
PICTURE supported AC/DC, TED NUGENT and SAXON in the Netherlands. With SAXON, they did a full European tour in 1981. Later on they toured with ROSE TATTOO in Germany and headlined tours in Italy and Israel.
After reuniting a few years back, a limited-edition live CD was recorded and from December 2008 until January 2009 the band retreated in the StarSound Studios in Utrecht, Holland to record "Old Dogs New Tricks".
According to a press release, the album "contains a wide variety of hard rock and old school metal songs, completed with a breath taking ballad. [It] was [helmed] by Nico Verrips, who already produced and wrote numerous hits into the charts and who kept the Eighties feeling, but gave the record a contemporary modern sound.
"'Old Dogs, New Tricks' is a typical PICTURE album with a variety of heavy and dynamic songs. The powerful and raw voice of Pete Lovell shows to its full advantage with this kind of heavy music. Add the brilliantly composed songs anno 2009 to this and you will agree that this is PICTURE in their historically best lineup ever."
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