While things have seemed quiet in the Praying Mantis camp the band have been busy writing news songs and are currently recording them. It is hoped to release the album in early 2015.
Two tracks have already been performed live. The first was “Eyes of a child” which was performed live in Aug 2013. Then at the recent gig in London the band performed “Fight for your honour”.
Praying Mantis will be playing Frontier Rock Festival II in Italy.
The band recently played in Greece and for those that like gig flyers
Praying Mantis have announced they are to release a new single in October 2013. To celebrate the single and officially introduce new members, John Cuijpers and Hans in’t Zandt, they will play the Merton Manor 76 Kingston Road, Wimbledon SW19 1LA on 4th October. Entry is £8 on the night.
The band will also perform at Metalwave UK, Circus Tavern, Meads Corner, Purfleet, RM19 1TS on 5th October.
You might be interested to read an interview with Chris Troy where the questions were mainly based on Mantis lyrics.
Immediate Press Release
NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends PRAYING MANTIS announce that they have joined forces with Dutch duo, Vocalist Jaycee (John Cuijpers) and Drummer Hans in ‘t Zandt. These new members will be featuring on the forthcoming live shows.
John and Hans are seasoned professional musicians with a vast experience of playing alongside bands such as Toto, Vengeance, Jan Akkerman, and Steve Lukather and will bring a extra dimension to the Mantis sound.
Praying Mantis are: John Cuijpers – Lead Vocals, Tino Troy – Guitars & Vocals, Chris Troy – Bass & Vocals, Andy Burgess – Guitars + Vocals, Hans in ‘t Zandt – Drums
Forthcoming Praying Mantis shows:
27th July Headbangers Open Air Hamburg, Germany
02th August The Bull Colchester, UK
03th August The Railway Ipswich, UK
04th August Cambridge Rock Festival, UK
Praying Mantis are a well established band of melodic hard rockers. They were formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in 1973 and together with ‘Iron Maiden‘, they spearheaded the NWOBHM movement.
Praying Mantis became one of THE most influential bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). The band is also one of a very small number of bands from that era to have remained a going concern over the intervening years, and to still record and appear live regularly.
Gary Mackenzie has posted a statement too:
Following on from Mike Freeland’s post, which some of you may have seen, I am very sad to report that I am also on the list of ex-Praying Mantis members. This was not of my choosing. I will miss many aspects of being in the band, but one of the things I’m most sad about is the fact that I won’t get to say goodbye in person to the many, many terrific fans I’ve met around the world – so many of you have shown such amazing support, enthusiasm, commitment and affection for the band and for me, and I am truly grateful to have met and played for you all. Stay lucky, and keep the faith. Gary xx
It is hoped Praying Mantis will have a press release ready for early next week.
“To all my friends and amazing fans,
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you all that I am no longer a member of Praying Mantis. Please know that this was not my decision.
On a more positive note, I’ve had the most incredible seven years; I have been to some truly amazing places and met some fantastic people, (you guys!!). I can’t thank you all enough for your support and for the great times.
Keep the faith!
Classic Rock Present AOR vol 8 features a review of Praying Mantis’ career and is on sale from today.
Praying Mantis have the current gigs line up so far this year.
Sat. 23rd March – Merton Manor, 76 Kingston Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 1LA, United Kingdom – See facebook
Sat. 30th March – Very ‘Eavy Festival, “De Spont”, Gandhiplein 4, Stadskanaal, The Netherlands (also features a special set from Dennis Stratton)
26th-28th July – Headbangers’ Open Air festival, Schierenhöhe 13, 25364 Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany
Sat. 5th October – Metal Wave UK festival, The Circus Tavern, Meads Corner, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1TS, United Kingdom (also features a special set from Dennis Stratton’s Maiden Years)
My details for these show are a limited but Praying Mantis have the following shows planned.
Thursday 19th July, Merton manor, 76 Kingston Road, South Wimbledon, London, SW19 1LA
Friday 27th July, Nicosia, Cyprus, Power of the Night festival
Saturday 28th July, Stuttgart, Germany, Rock of Ages festival
“It’s a book about my times in both IRON MAIDEN & PRAYING MANTIS. It covers all of the time spent in ‘MAIDEN, all in chonological order, in great detail, along with early snapshots of the band, which have never been seen. It also covers all my ‘MANTIS gigs, and both tours (METAL FOR MUTHAS & MAIDENS first headline tour, on which we supported them ),and details all the ridicoulous situations that we go into on the road!) It contains about 12 early Maiden pix, plus various shots of ‘Mantis. There are many references to other bands and members from around the time, and I’m sure it will be a very interesting and amusing read !!!”
These are the words of original Iron maiden guitarist Bob Angelo, who later joined Praying Mantis.
He is currently looking for a publisher for the book.
For more information or to arrange interviews for both press and publishers please contact :
Mrstu616@hotmail.com OR email@example.com
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