Reunited Los Angeles heavy metal legends MALICE have recruited journeyman metal lead singer James Rivera to front the band. James is the singer and driving force behind HELSTAR, and has been “the guy” for groups like VICIOUS RUMORS, SEVEN WITCHES and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM on numerous albums and world tours.
MALICE’s current lineup includes the three original members (Mick Zane on guitar, Jay Reynolds on guitar and Mark Behn on bass) alongside Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) on drums and Rivera on vocals.
In a brand new interview with KNAC.COM, Zane stated about MALICE’s present incarnation, “Pete’s been out on the road with MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP for the last ten years and he’s doing some dates with BLACK ‘N BLUE. They have a new record out and they’re playing with WHITESNAKE and TWISTED SISTER in Baltimore this summer at some huge outdoor festival. We’re excited to have James Rivera come in and do these shows with us. He did a great job on the VICIOUS RUMORS ‘Warball’ record, so we’re anxious to play on stage with him and grateful he was able to join us at such short notice. Brian Allen, who did our last reunion show, is now singing with VICIOUS RUMORS and we even approached Tim ‘The Ripper’ Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) at one point, who I heard is now with DIO DISCIPLES. James Rivera is the guy for now.”
MALICE is currently rehearsing in Los Angeles and will soon to head to Europe in to co-headline the Keep It True festival in Germany on April 30 and play in Switzerland at Rock City (near Zurich) on May 1.
When asked if MALICE is planning to play some U.S shows, Zane told KNAC.COM, “Yes, that’s the plan. We’re going to see how these [European] shows go and then start working on this new record with [producer] Max Norman. But yeah, we’d love to play some shows on the west coast. Gina Zamperelli concert promotions, who used to book the Perkins Palace shows, is looking to get back into the business. So maybe we can hook up with W.A.S.P. or WARRIOR again and play some shows around L.A. We have some killer new songs in the can and we’re really stoked at the thought of getting back in the studio and releasing a new MALICE record. We released a new CD of rare and unreleased tracks last year on Retrospect Records that’s been doing very well. Everyone’s really going to like the new stuff. We’re not going to play any new material for these shows, just the classics.”
MALICE 2011 is:
* Mick Zane – Guitar
* Jay Reynolds – Guitar
* Mark Behn – Bass
* Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE, MICHAEL SCHENKER) – Drums
* James Rivera (HELSTAR, VICIOUS RUMORS, SEVEN WITCHES, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) – Vocals
The band released an album titled “The Rare And Unreleased” last year on Retrospect Records .
MALICE’s two Atlantic releases — “In the Beginning” (1985) and “License to Kill” (1986) — are available Stateside on WEA label Wounded Bird and have continued to sell over the years.
For more information, visit MALICE’s official web site, www.malicemusic.com.
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