According to Über Rock, guitarist Greg Pullin has left I AM I, the new band led by former DRAGONFORCE singer ZP Theart — less than four days after it was announced the group was parting ways with its drummer Paul Clarke Jr. for “personal reasons.”
Comments Pullin: “As a young musician, I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to join the band. As soon as I first heard their album in the days before the auditions I knew I loved the style of music, and since then have looked forward to performing and touring with the guys throughout the future. However, although I had a genuinely strong connection with everyone musically, and faced the opportunity with full commitment, I have decided to leave for personal reasons.
“I have enjoyed my time rehearsing and performing with the guys, and it has been particularly enjoyable to work with lead guitarist and composer Jacob [Ziemba]. As well as having a phenomenal ability as a guitar player, he demonstrates an outstanding capability to write brilliant music, which has undoubtedly been the major driving force behind the band’s style and sound on [I AM I‘s debut album] ‘Event Horizon’.”
In other news, I AM I has signed a worldwide publishing deal through Sony/ATV Music. Their deal, via Albam Songs, means they join a roster that includes Bob Dylan, THE BEATLES, Robert Plant, PEARL JAM, BON JOVI and Lady Gaga.
“I AM I are an incredibly exciting band. It’s great to be involved from the very beginning,” says Alan Bambrough of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Limited. “‘Event Horizon’ is a brilliant album and there’s no limit to what these guys can achieve.”
I AM I has already recruited a replacement for Clarke, but has not revealed the new musician’s identity.
I AM I‘s next live appearance will take place on August 11 at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire, England. I AM I made its live debut on May 27 at Birmingham, England’s O2 Academy 2.