PRAYING MANTIS fire singer, drummer

08 July 2013
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PRAYING MANTIS have fired singer Mike Freeland and drummer Gary Mackenzie.

Both musicians – who have been part of the NWOBHM band for several years, but have a history of collaboration going back 20 years – say the decision was not theirs.

In a statement Freeland says: “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!”

Mackenzie says in his own statement: “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.”

Mantis are scheduled to perform at Ipswich Railway on August 3 and at the Cambridge Rock Festival on August 4.

They have not yet revealed their new lineup.