Guitarist Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, ex-Nevermore) has joined Graham Bonnet's version of Alcatrazz. Bonnet said Loomis' addition will help create a "modern, heavier sound" for the band. Both Bonnet and Loomis add that Loomis is still a member of Arch Enemy.
"The cat's out of the bag! It is with tremendous pride and excitement that I am announcing that Jeff Loomis is officially the new guitar player of Graham Bonnet's Alcatrazz. Jeff is a power-house of a musician, a brilliant writer and a great guy. His skills are unparalleled and I am thrilled at the prospect of recreating the magic of the early days of Alcatrazz but with a modern, heavier sound.
"When I first heard Jeff, I was astonished by his technique coupled with his great feel and incredible melodies. You can have a little taste of it on the upcoming Graham Bonnet Band album as Jeff is one of our guests.
"Just to be clear, Jeff is still an active member of Arch Enemy as I am still with the Graham Bonnet Band. More news coming soon."
"I'm super excited to be working with Graham Bonnet," added Loomis. "I've been a longtime fan of his vocals and lyrics for many years, and it's going to be an honor to craft some amazing music together and play some select live shows.
"I want to let you all know I'm still a very active member of Arch Enemy and will be seeing you all on the road very soon with them."