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Witherfall singer fills in on Sanctuary's farewell tour, opening for Iced Earth.

Discussion in 'Nevermore' started by Will Bozarth, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Will Bozarth

    Will Bozarth Everlasting Godstopper

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    SANCTUARY Tribute Upcoming Shows as Farewell to Warrel Dane; Announce Guest Vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfalll)

    Following the unfortunate loss of one of metal's most revered vocalists, WARREL DANE (Sanctuary, Nevermore), prior to SANCTUARY's upcoming dates supporting Iced Earth across North America, the band has announced the tour will go forth as planned. The shows will act as a farewell tour in tribute to the life and memory of DANE with guest vocals for SANCTUARY to be performed by Joseph Michael (Witherfall).

    SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments:
    “Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel's musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.”

    A full list of dates can be found as follows:
    2/22 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe #
    2/23 CIncinnati, OH - Bogarts #
    2/24 Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom #
    2/25 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom #
    2/26 Minneapolis, MN - Music Hall #
    2/27 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground #
    2/28 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall #
    3/2 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room #
    3/3 Calgary, AB - Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
    3/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater #
    3/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
    3/7 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades #
    3/8 Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater #
    3/9 San Diego, CA - House of Blues #
    3/10 Anaheim, CA - Parish @ House of Blues #
    3/11 Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom #
    3/13 San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre #
    3/14 Dallas, TX - House of Blues #
    3/15 Houston, TX - House of Blues #
    3/16 New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues #
    3/17 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
    3/18 Charlotte, NC - Underground #
    3/19 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage #
    3/21 Wilmington, DE - The Queen #
    3/22 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre #
    3/23 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
    3/24 Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell #
    3/25 Montreal, QC - Corona Theater #
    3/26 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theater #
    3/27 Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
    3/28 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall #
    3/29 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge #
    # with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual

    Tickets and further details can be found at

    SANCTUARY recently released the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied", "Inception", which showcased several previously lost recordings from their 1986 studio session that have now been restored, remixed and remastered by Chris "Zeus" Harris (Queensryche).

    Formed in 1985, the band were signed to Epic Records with the help of Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine and released two records, "Refuge Denied" (1988) and "Into The Mirror Black" (1989) which saw them perform with the likes of Megadeth, Fates Warning, Warlock and Death Angel. The band disbanded in 1992 as members Warrel Dane (vocals) and Jim Sheppard (bass) went on to form the highly successful metal act Nevermore with acclaimed guitarist Jeff Loomis. SANCTUARY reunited nearly 25 years later in 2010 and appeared at several festivals worldwide before returning to the studio to record their acclaimed full-length comeback album "The Year The Sun Died" for Century Media Records in 2014.

    Warrel Dane tragically passed away on December 13, 2017 due to a heart attack while recording his second solo album in São Paulo, Brazil.
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  2. buzz21

    buzz21 Medicated

    May 4, 2003
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    Not sure how I feel about this but deep down I have to think that Lenny and the guys are doing it for all the right reasons and I will consider it my duty to go and pay my respects in person. Hopefully they will have some WD-centric merch so I will save my pennies and load up if they do.

    Not a huge fan of Witherfall but I guess I'll start doing a deep-dive on their stuff - I wonder if this will be the precursor to this guy helping to finish the solo cd. The world needs to hear the new songs he had waiting for us...
  3. arddeth

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    sounds good for me - a proper farewell with a great vocalist and probably the best way to deal with the tour already being booked
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  4. nckissfan

    nckissfan Civil War reenactor

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    Joseph Michael has a killer voice. I think it will be cool.

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