Annihilatorin Jeff Waters olisi halukas soittamaan ”Never, Neverland” -albumin tiimoilta juhlakiertueen laulaja Coburn Pharrin kanssa ensi vuonna

Kirjoittanut Arto Mäenpää - 31.5.2020

Kanadalaisen thrash metal -veteraanin Annihilatorin pääjehu Jeff Waters olisi halukas yhdistämään voimat bändin entisen laulajan Coburn Pharrin kanssa ”Never, Neverland” -albumin juhlakiertueen merkeissä. Alun perin idea oli tarkoitus toteuttaa tänä vuonna levyn täyttäessä 30 vuotta, mutta nyt suunnitelmia tehdään kysynnän mukaan ilmeisesti ensi vuodelle.

Waters on julkaissut aiheesta sosiaalisessa mediassa seuraavan kirjoituksen:

”I had hinted to all, on our October-December 2019 headline Europe tour, that we would come back in 2020 and celebrate 30 years since the release of our best record (in my opinion, most fans thoughts and the sales back that up, too!): ’Never, Neverland’. However, as we all know, that is now not a priority and could not happen this year.

I had my favorite Annihilator singer, Coburn Pharr, over to the house and studio last summer. We talked about doing a show or more to play that record and have a lot of fun! Festivals, agents and musicians that we all know were excited to see this happen and join in to show their love for that record and influence on their careers (think folks that cite ’Never, Neverland’ as an influence, like Opeth, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Slipknot members, tons of others) and I know fans of that era would love it. Coburn and I also discussed doing a short tribute to [late Annihilator vocalist] Randy Rampage at the end of the set.

I had thought about/tried to bring the three other members back on board… Ray [Hartmann, drums] passed on it, another cannot legally travel and another has been out of the touring game for decades… I was also worried about the health of at least one of them, getting back into this after decades away from it.

Although Coburn, Ray and I were the ones on the record, and I’d written most of this record years earlier, the five-piece band was definately the best live version of the band… even though others rocked and our current lineup kills!

So… if this works out, let’s postpone this idea to 2021, pretend it is 30 years since the release and we would LOVE to bring Coburn back to sing the whole record live and do a cool tribute to Rampage. I would use our current lineup with Fabio [Alessandrini, drums], Rich [Hinks, bass] and Aaron [Homma, rhythm guitars] and myself, and Coburn would make it be done right!

Spread the word. Festivals and promoters, get a hold of us through our official website! We know this is gonna be a blast, if it works out!!”