Anvil have wasted no time in replacing longtime bassist Glenn Gyorffy (aka Glenn Five) after he officially left the band this week. Anvil have chosen Sal Italiano, a bassist from a Long Island, N.Y., Iron Maiden cover band as Five's replacement.
Glenn Five spent nearly 16 years with Anvil, joining the band in 1996 and stuck with the band throughout a low point in their career which was documented in the now-legendary movie 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil'.
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Five released an official statement yesterday, where he explained that he felt 'limited creatively' with Anvil. "I have a wide taste in music and I feel that it's time to broaden my horizons", he also said.
Anvil frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow was quick to comment on the departure of Glenn Five, posting a detailed and in-depth look into the situation and the future of the band on Anvil's official Facebook page.
"We hired an old friend to do the tour and are currently working with a new improved bassist. There was no major issue in fixing this at all and in fact everything was sorted out within a few hours of Glenn departing.
"Glenn tried to make it difficult by leaving without proper notice but we've been preparing for this for quite sometime. This did end up for the better as it is a huge improvement with our new guy both musically as well as personally.
Anvil 2012 Tour Dates
Live Wire Concert Club Mentor-On-The-Lake, Ohio, USA January 27, 2012
Ollie's Point Amityville, New York, USA January 28, 2012
Jammin Java Vienna, Virginia, USA January 29, 2012
Sellersville Theater Sellersville, Pennsylvania, USA January 31, 2012
The Melting Point Athens, Georgia, USA February 3, 2012
Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta, Georgia, USA February 4, 2012
The Roosevelt 2.0 Tampa, Florida, USA February 5, 2012
Siberia New Orleans, Louisiana, USA February 7, 2012
Juanita's Cafe and Bar Little Rock, Arkansas, USA February 8, 2012
Warehouse Live Houston, Texas, USA February 9, 2012
Backstage Live San Antonio, Texas, USA February 10, 2012
Trees Dallas, Texas, USA February 11, 2012
Average Joe's Rock Bar Laredo, Texas, USA February 12, 2012
Whiskey A Go Go Hollywood, California, USA February 15, 2012
The Boardwalk Orangevale, California, USA February 16, 2012
El Corazon Seattle, Washington, USA February 18, 2012
Backstage Live Tacoma, Washington, USA February 19, 2012
Station 4 St. Paul, Minnesota, USA February 22, 2012
Reggie's Rock Club Chicago, Illinois, USA February 23, 2012
The Token Lounge Westland, Michigan, USA February 24, 2012
Annabelle's Akron, Ohio, USA February 25, 2012
Parque Independência São Luís, Brazil April 21, 2012 for Metal Open Air 2012
Tauberfrankenhalle Lauda-Königshofen, Germany April 28, 2012 for Keep It True XIV
Sonar Baltimore, Maryland, USA May 26, 2012 for Maryland Deathfest X
Rejmyre, Sweden August 10, 2012 for Skogsröjet
Catton Hall Walton-upon-Trent, England August 12, 2012 for Bloodstock Open Air
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