Hot News: Eluveitie – Announce Departure Of Sime, Introduce New Guitarist

Swiss New Wave of Folk Metal pioneers ELUVEITIE have issued the following statement regarding the departure of their long-time guitarist Simeon “Sime” Koch:

“We regret to inform you that Sime is leaving Eluveitie. Sime was thinking about this since quite a long time already and finally decided to take this step. He will set about some new goals in his life – both, vocational and familial – which will make it impossible for him to play in a touring band.
Sime was part of Eluveitie for 8 years now, part of our little, crazy family – and we will dearly miss him. But at the same time we’re thankful for the awesome time we spent together. We wish him and his family all the best for his personal and vocational future!”

Sime states: “A couple of months ago I informed my band mates, that I’ll leave Eluveitie in September 2012 for familial reasons. It was a very tough call, it was difficult to make this decision – in a way the band is part of the family too, after all.
I will dearly miss Eluveitie. But fortunately the world (or rather Switzerland) is small: I will still play the upcoming shows in Solothurn’s Kofmehl and the Eluveitie & Friends festival with full commitment!
I wish the band all the best and accident-free upcoming tours!” 

Those of you who’d like to see Sime on stage with ELUVEITIE one last time, will get two chances, namely on the 20th of September at the show in Solothurn, Switzerland, and on the 29th of December in Winterthur, Switzerland, at the “ELUVEITIE & friends festival”, where he will appear as a special guest.

At the same time the band announces Sime’s successor:

“His name is Rafael Salzmann and he will play the upcoming tours with us as a live session guitarist. Rafael is a gifted musician and very skilled guitar player and he also already has been working together with Anna in the Soundfarm Studios. Now we’re looking forward a lot to rock the stages together with him!”

On a related note, Patrick “Päde” Kistler has to take a short break due to personal reasons and will rejoin ELUVEITIE’s upcoming “Swedish Empire Tour” as support of SABATON in the beginning of October.

Make sure to catch ELUVEITIE & SABATON on one of the following occasions:

Swedish Empire Tour with SABATON and Wisdom

07.09. D Hannover – Capitol
09.09. NL Tilburg – O13
10.09. D Osnabrück – Hyde Park
12.09. LUX Luxembourg – Rockhal
13.09. D Saarbrücken – Garage
14.09. D Berlin – Metal Hammer Awards (without Wisdom)
15.09. D Gießen – Hessenhalle
17.09. CH Lausanne – Rocking Chair
18.09. CH Pratteln – Z7
19.09. I Milano – Alcatraz
21.09. D Geiselwind – Music Hall
22.09. D Munich – Backstage
23.09. D Lindau – Club Vaudeville
26.09. A Vienna – Arena
27.09. A Wörgl – Komma
28.09. D Leipzig – Hellraiser
29.09. B Torhut – De Mast
30.09. F Paris – Alhambra

02.10. F Lyon – CCO
03.10. E Barcelona – Razmatazz
04.10. E Pamplona – Totem / Barakaldo
05.10. E Madrid – Arena
06.10. P Porto – Hard Club (without Eluveitie)
09.10. F Rennes – L’Etage
10.10. F Strasbourg – Laiterie
12.10. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
13.10. D Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36
14.10. NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
15.10. B Brussels – AB Club
16.10. D Cologne – Essigfabrik
18.10. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio
19.10. S Göteborg – Lisebergshallen
20.10. N Oslo – Rockefeller
21.10. S Stockholm – Arenan

01.11. UK Norwich – Waterfront
02.11. UK Wolverhampton – Wolfrun Hall
03.11. UK Manchester – Ritz
04.11. UK Glasgow – Garage
06.11. IRL Dublin – Button Factory
07.11. IRL Belfast – The Limelight
09.11. UK London – HMV Forum
10.11. UK Cardiff – Great Hall
11.11. UK Sheffield – Corporation
13.11. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle

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