Sabaton Undergo Lineup Change Ahead of Fall Tour With Trivium + Huntress
Swedish titans Sabaton released their latest album The Last Stand last week. They also recently played their final show with guitarist Thobbe Englund, who had been in the band since 2012, at their own Sabaton Open Air festival. But they weren’t short-handed for long as they’ve already announced his replacement Tommy Johansson.
The band says, “Thank you Thobbe, welcome Tommy! Our guitar player Thobbe did his final concert with us on last Saturday’s very emotional show at the Sabaton Open Air festival. Celebrating the release of our new album while saying goodbye to a great friend is lots of mixed feelings. But the future is bright since this was not nearly our last stand. From now on you will see Tommy Johansson playing guitars with Sabaton and we all look forward to seeing you on the road!”
Johansson says, “For me to be a part of the Sabaton family is a huge honor and I couldn’t be happier! The guys are awesome and among the nicest people you can meet. I’ve been following Sabaton since 2005 when I saw them live for the first time and I have loved the band ever since, so when they asked me to join there was no hesitation.”
He continues, “Although, they did ask me already back in 2012 but for many personal reasons it was not a good time for me to hit the road and give everything that was needed to the band. So I declined, but we have stayed in touch since then. I also want to say that Thobbe is a great guitarist and such a wonderful guy!”
“My job is not to replace him, it’s to contribute to the band with my own style of guitar playing but of course also to keep his fans happy by playing his wonderful solos with pride,” Johansson states. “I look forward to meet you all on tour and to do what I love the most in life – to play heavy metal!”
Johansson will play in front of North American fans in a few weeks when Sabaton kick off a tour with Trivium and Huntress that begins Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio. Both of the other bands on the bill are excited for the run.
Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus says, “Huntress is thrilled to have the chance to really connect with our fans, who’ve been so supportive throughout our journey. Spread it, shred it, behead it!”
Meanwhile, Trivium’s Matt Heafy previously stated, “America! We’re coming back to party with all of you. This year has already seen countless cities in numerous countries, and now is the time to bring it back to our home country with our brothers and sisters of metal. We are beyond excited to have one of our favorite bands on the planet, Sabaton on the bill; and we are absolutely stoked to have the incredible Huntress out with us as well. We will be bringing you a show to remember; playing all your favorite tunes off your favorite records.”
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