BARONESS Shares Rehearsal Videos With New Guitarist

Just days after announcing their amicable split with guitarist Pete Adams here, progressive metallers Baroness have given us a proper introduction to their newest member, Gina Gleason. That introduction to the new guitarist is being made via two rehearsal room video clips for the songs ‘Chlorine And Wine‘ and ‘Morningstar‘. It goes without saying that Gina is, or must be, an incredibly talented player to have so readily stepped into the Baroness spotlight at this time. Plus, she is also adding a new element to the beloved act…female vocal parts. The band’s well respected, revered status within the metal/music community is enough to put the sensation of pressure on anyone but she seems to be right at home in the insightful peeks below. Judge for yourself…

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

BARONESS And Guitarist Pete Adams Amicably Part Ways; Replacement Introduced

*Pete Adams (second from left) with Baroness

Long-time Baroness guitarist Pete Adams (also of the fantastic band Valkyrie) have amicably parted ways the band has reported. Pete’s departure is being fueled for reasons including spending less time on the road and making time to focus on a burgeoning non-music business and his home life.

Both Pete and Baroness leader John Baizley commented on this latest turn of events with Pete sharing: “I would like to say thanks to all of the Baroness fans far and wide and all of the support through the ups and downs along the way. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the chance to travel great distances with Baroness and to meet so many of you. I honestly never thought I would be able to do what I have done with Baroness. Playing alongside my oldest friends, playing music that isn’t simply readily accepted by the masses, and sharing the stage with some of the best musicians and bands from around the globe. That said, it’s time for me to focus my energy closer to home and not on the road. However, this isn’t the end of my musical career by any means as I plan to continue working with Valkyrie. Again, thank you to all along the way, and most importantly thank you greatly to the current, past and future members of Baroness.”

At the same time, John adds: “I need to take a moment, on behalf of myself and Baroness, to recognize and sincerely thank one of my oldest friends and bandmates, Pete Adams, as he moves on from Baroness to pursue a new phase in his life. I feel fortunate beyond words to have shared the stage with you for nearly 25 years, since we were barely teenagers. It would be impossible to articulate the value and impact of the personal history, friendship and musical bond we have enjoyed throughout our lives and within this band. Through Baroness, we’ve seen that friendship grow further and often in unexpected ways; we’ve taken part in so many adventures together that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s never easy to part ways but it is important to highlight a couple of things: First, we offer unconditional support and respect for Pete’s decision and we’re excited to see where his path leads. Second, Baroness will forge ahead with an undiminished passion and as much creativity as ever. The narrative of this band has often felt as though it falls into distinct chapters, and while we’re excited to move into the next, we are equally sad to see Pete go. When Pete and I were kids, as he’s often said in interviews, we shared a dream of growing up and playing music together and seeing the far corners of the globe. And we did. Thank you Pete, for being a friend when I needed support, a brother when I needed family, and a bandmate when you and I had a hunger to see the world.”


*Gina Gleason pictured with Baroness, second from left
Baroness have added guitar player Gina Gleason (pictured second from left above), a Philadelphia native who Baizley, Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson are excited to have on board:

“With Pete Adams’ official last show just over a month behind us, and a European tour on the not-so-distant-horizon, we are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Gina Gleason, into Baroness, and we hope our fans will share in our excitement and provide her a warm welcome into the Baroness family. She has worked tirelessly in recent weeks/months, not only learning the specifics of our material, but slowly beginning to carefully stake out her own personal territory within our sound. Throughout the lifespan of this band we’ve had the genuine pleasure of working with incredibly gifted artists/musicians, who recognize in Baroness the need each member has to contribute something of their own musical personality, rather than imitate one that’s been established, not simply to respect the individual contributions of past members, but to develop a genuine connection to our songs, old and new alike. Gina’s ability both to learn our music and to find her own voice within our songs has been inspiring to observe, and it helps once again to renew our belief in this band’s music, which we’ve come to rely on as a true wellspring of creativity and musical discovery.”

Baizley, adds: “I really thought I would have become a jaded musician at this point, with nothing left to discover and no will to try, but each subsequent year proves me wrong. We play a hometown show with Gina tomorrow, followed by a European tour and my only regret is that we won’t have time to go everywhere on Earth we’d like to before the urge to get back to writing our new record overtakes us. We’re bringing a bunch of songs on tour that haven’t been played in many years; we’re anxious to dust off some of these earliest Baroness songs. Thanks to all of you who have offered your support over these years. We’ll be seeing you soon.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

VOLBEAT Announces Own Headline Dates; BARONESS, POWER TRIP & IRON REAGAN Support

As most metal fans know by now, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, and Volbeat will be headed out on the road this summer for a slew of stadium dates here in the U.S. If that does not tickle your fancy then how about Volbeat doing their own thing with some interesting support acts? You are in luck then because Volbeat has announced a handful of off-dates on the tour where bands such as Baroness, Iron Reagan, and Power Trip will provide them support.

Check out the full range of dates below, including the original stadium dates:

Volbeat headlining tour dates:

05/07 Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion
05/09 Hershey, PA – Giant Center
05/10 Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
05/12 Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
05/13 Portland, ME – Maine State Pier (w/ Iron Reagan)
05/14 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
05/16 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (w/ Iron Reagan)
05/17 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum (w/ Metallica)
05/19 Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium (w/ Metallica)
05/20 Lewiston, NY – Artpark Amphitheater (w/ Baroness)
05/21 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range Festival (w/ Metallica)
06/03 Kansas City, MO – Rockfest
06/04 St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium (w/ Metallica)
06/04 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live (w/ Power Trip)
06/07 Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
06/10 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion (w/ Power Trip)
06/11 Houston, TX – NRG Stadium (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
07/05 Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
07/07 Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
07/08 Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live (w/ Power Trip)
07/09 Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
07/10 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center (w/ Avenged Sevenfold)
07/12 Detroit, MI – Comercia Park (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
07/13 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
07/14 Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA
07/16 Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)
07/18 Gilford, NH – Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
07/19 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau (w/ Metallica & Avenged Sevenfold)