The Poodles Part Ways With Bassist Pontus Egberg
September 19, 2014
After an eight year partnership The Poodles have parted ways with bassist Pontus Egberg and will announce his replacement shortly. Egberg was a member of Lion’s Share and Zan Clan prioring to the formation of The Poodles in 2005.
“After eight fantastic years, five albums, several hundreds of shows, and many thousands of miles on the road together, Pontus has decided to leave the band and will not participate in the new and exciting adventures that lie ahead for The Poodles,” said the band. “Pontus is a true brother in arms, through thick and thin, and we’re going to miss him dearly. Being the fantastic musician, extra ordinary bass player, and showman that he is, we wish him happiness and success in the future.”
“It is with a great deal of mixed emotions that I have to announce my departure from the band The Poodles,” continued Egberg. “It’s been an awesome ride over these last eight years with many unforgettable moments for which I am very grateful. I would sincerely like to thank Jakob, Henrik and Christian for all the good times and I wish them all the best for the future. I would also like to thank everyone that I have had the privilege of meeting and working with over the years with the band and most of all I would like to thank all of the great fans out there for your endless support. But, new exciting adventures lie ahead and I hope I’ll see you all on the road again somewhere in the near future.”
That near future will be this October when Egberg joins King Diamond on his North American tour. The bassist has been performing live with the Mercyful Fate frontman since replacing Hal Patino in late July.
The Poodles released their latest album ‘Tour De Force’ in May of 2013 through Frontiers Records. The disc was the eagerly awaited follow-up to their Swedish #1 album from 2011, ‘Performocracy’. Behind the wheel, taking on the duties of producer for a fourth time, was Mats Valentin and once again the band wished to underline with the album title their superb entertaining abilities both as hard rocking studio unit and as live act.
“When writing and creating music we try to do something that we would love to listen to ourselves. It’s always been important for us to do music close to our hearts,” said bassist Egberg at the time. “I do feel however that there’s a newly found playfulness about a lot of the tracks. I’m not quite sure what it is myself but it’s great!”
With songs like “Shut Up”, “Happily Ever After”, “Kings And Fools” and “Going Down”, The Poodles stay true to their legacy of powerful, melodic metal while at the same time stretching into a new, more playful arena, flirting with influences from the past but always with a watchful eye on the present and in to the future.
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