Mike DiMeo leaves Riot for Masterplan

Rumors were confirmed today when Mike DiMeo (The Lizards/ex-Riot) announced that he would be relinquishing his long-standing position on vocals for Hard Rock legends Riot. DiMeo is parting ways with Riot to take over vocal duties with European metallers Masterplan.

Masterplan with Mike DiMeo

The official press release from Mike DiMeo is as follows:
“In response to all the mail I have been receiving about my status with Riot I have had many great years with the band, and I am tremendously proud of all the work I have done with them, especially Army of One, but at this point in my life and career, I prefer to forge ahead with a new path musically. I look forward to a new creative beginning with Masterplan, who are an incredibly talented and motivated group of guys!! I wish Riot the best of luck in the future and will always consider them brothers……thank you.”

DiMeo is replacing Jorn Lande at the mic for the band. Lande and Masterplan parted company due to “musical differences” in early 2006. Masterplan will issue a new E.P., LOST AND GONE (AFM Records), on January 26th. The E.P. will be the band’s first release with the new line-up of Mike DiMeo (vocals), Roland Grapow (guitars), Mike Terrana (drums), Jan S. Eckert (bass) and Axel Mackenrott (keyboards). A new studio album is scheduled for February.

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Wow! Didn’t see that one coming. I thought all was well in the Riot camp because their latest album., ARMY OF ONE, is really good. DiMeo has been focusing on his newer band, The Lizards, as of late while the Riot situation was up in the air. Riot doesn’t tour as much and I would assume it’s definitely not the full-time gig Masterplan will be. As soon as I heard the news, I went to the Riot website and there was no update (yet). Good for Masterplan but who the hell is going to sing for Riot!

One Year Blog-versary

I did it, I lasted a year! When I started thinking about writing a blog I promised myself that I would try to make it a full year. I’m very happy to say I made it.

I started on Blogger as Vicious and Delishis, the name of my fantasy football team for the last thirteen seasons. My intention was to write about what I knew most about: Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, Fantasy Football, the NFL, and video games. For those of you wondering, I’m 34 but a kid at heart.

As the first two months went by, I was still trying to find my way. I decided to go strictly as a Music blog and cut the rest: I don’t game as much except for Madden Football and Fantasy Football only takes up half the year during the NFL regular season. There were tons of websites/blogs covering these topics in depth and I felt I had nothing to add.

Music, specifically Heavy Metal, is another story. Since I was five years old (1977), I have been a fan of Hard Rock. I started with KISS and worked my way through to the present. The music, the imagery, and the passion have been a huge influence on my life for twenty-nine years and counting. I know Hard Rock, I know Heavy Metal. I can discuss these genres of Rock’n Roll intelligently and express my opinions.

After battling the demons at Blogger, I decided to move here to WordPress in mid-June. The transfer process sucked but the benefits of a user-friendly system have been great. Traffic and discussion have jumped up since the move: 55,000 people have stopped by to read and there have been some lively discussions. The best day for visitors had to be August 27th, the day I posted about the Poison fight, over 16,000 people visited the site that day!

Overall, it’s been a good experience. I enjoy reviewing albums I buy and telling the tales of lost treasure in the used record shops. I’ve met some great fans from around the world and have enjoyed some good reading at their blogs.

So what’s on tap for the second year? I have no idea. I’m looking toward more album reviews from my collection and more “tales from the record stores”. I’ve received some positive feedback on Ebay Madness and the Video posts so those will continue. I’m not really looking to add more features more a tightening up of the ones I have.

I’m looking into moving off WordPress.com and having a new host so I can make the site more visually pleasing. I’m also looking into online radio (Live365, etc.) so I can feature some of the tracks from albums I pick up and/or review. Whatever I decide to do in this small corner of the world, I hope you all enjoy it.

Cheers!
Steve