Commented the band: “OMNIUM GATHERUM is a twin-guitar squad again and what’s even better is that now we have Jackson guitar tour de force on both sides of the stage!
“[Joonas] has been playing already a big bunch of gigs with OMNIUM GATHERUM as session live member as the previous guitarist Harri Pikka left the band over a year ago, and Jope was even filling up Harri in some gigs even before we separated ways.
“Jope has been [OMNIUM GATHERUM guitarist] Markus‘ [Vanhala] partner in crime in a progressive metal band MALPRACTICE for many years by now, so he was the first, the most natural and the only candidate for the job for us and gladly we got him on board! He has been playing and recording previously in TO/DIE/FOR and HATEFRAME too, so he is a hardcore professional dude.”
Added Joonas in a statement: “After two years as a session guitarist, the guys finally asked me to join OMNIUM GATHERUM and I didn’t hesitate one second! From the get-go I have felt like part of a family. The guys are very great as persons and professional as musicians. I’m very happy and proud to be a part of such a great band of brothers.”
OMNIUM GATHERUM officially announced Joonas‘ addition to the band during their performance at last week’s Sauna Open Air festival in Tampere, Finland.
OMNIUM GATHERUM will mark on a Finnish club tour in September and the “Neckbreakers Ball” European tour in October/November. Source: Blabbermouth.net