Vocalist JEFF SCOTT SOTO Says SOUL SIRKUS' Future Is Looking 'Dismal'

January 13, 2006

According to MelodicRock.com, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN) has signaled the end of SOUL SIRKUS, the all-star project that also included JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon.

Commented Soto: "I wish I had good/positive news for you all about SOUL SIRKUS, but the future seems dismal, something I/we swore up and down wouldn't be a 'one-off.' I'm saddened by the fact that it is very unlikely we will continue together. My honest opinion is it was doomed from the beginning based on Neal being so heavily involved with JOURNEY still. One of the reasons HARDLINE and BAD ENGLISH had their own legs is because of JOURNEY's hiatus during those eras. We had no such luxury.

"As a HUGE JOURNEY fan, I would be the LAST person on Earth to want responsibility for their demise just so SOUL SIRKUS could continue, but unless this was the case, SOUL SIRKUS became a side project for Neal and us. Add the lack of professional motivation/management/U.S. label/etc., we had no chance of leaving our mark the way we would necessary to have our own legs.

"Again, thanks to all who did 'feel' the impact, understand what we were aiming for and did your best to make sure we were heard out there. I beg of you to keep tabs on all of us within our personal sites out there and know this isn't the end, only another beginning."

SOUL SIRKUS's debut album, "World Play", was released in Europe in April 2005 via Frontiers Records. As a special bonus, the entire first pressing was specially packaged in ecobook edition featuring a bonus DVD containing the videos for the songs "New Position" and "Another World" plus an interview with the band and behind-the-scenes footage.

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