German heavy metaller U.D.O. have released the following announcement on their Official Facebook Page:
We are very proud to officially announce our new band member ANDREY SMIRNOV. It was a long search and we met a lot of talented musicians. But at the end it was an easy decision since Andrey is the perfect fit for the band (as a friend and as a musician). Everybody in the band and around is very happy to have met Andrey just in perfect timing.
Andrey Smirnov (born December 31st, 1983) is the Russian rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter who is the lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter and founder of the Russian modern metal band
EVERLOST. He is also the session guitarist of PAUL DI’ANNO, BLAZE BAYLEY (ex-IRON MAIDEN) and once was a part of famous Russian metal bands MASTER, EPIDEMIA and few others. Andrey is the well respected studio musician. His major label releases only in 2012 consist of EVERLOST single, famous Russian rock star Artur Berkut album, popular Soviet hair-metal legend of the 80th GALAXY and his own solo album “Adrenaline”. For most of these albums Andrey worked as the sound-producer, arranger and guitarist. Also, for the last few years Smirnov is touring guitarist of Russian retro-heroes ZEMLYANE.
Andrey was with us in the studio recording the new album and was already a very important part of team. His live debut with U.D.O. will be the US tour scheduled for April. The band is really looking forward to come back to their fans in the US after such a long time. Even better to present something very special to the US fans now.
U.D.O. live in the US:
09.04.2013 USA-Amityville, NY – Ollie’s Point
10.04.2013 USA-New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
11.04.2013 USA-Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
12.04.2013 CDN-Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
13.04.2013 CDN-St-Ferdinand, QC – Style Metal
14.04.2013 CDN-Toronto, ON – Mod Club
18.04.2013 USA-Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
19.04.2013 USA-Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
20.04.2013 USA-Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
21.04.2013 USA-Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
23.04.2013 USA-West Hollywood, CA – Whisky-A-Go-Go
Some more dates tba soon!