Ex Mantis singer disputes reason for his sacking
Fired Praying Mantis singer Mike Freeland says former bandmate Tino Troy has lied about him – and he can’t understand why.
Troy dismissed Freeland and drummer Gary Mackenzie last month, and later stated the vocalist had to go because the quality of his performances had crashed since the recording of 2009 album Sanctuary.
He said: “Mike’s vocal performance was second to none; the ensuing shows we did were pitch-perfect. I still don’t know to this day what happened over the last couple of years.”
“Perhaps you should ask Mike that question. As far as I’m concerned he lost it, for reasons best known to himself and those closest to him.”
Troy admitted he was partly responsible for below-par sets that had made him react with “shame and disbelief” – but insisted Freeland had to take some of the blame.
The singer has responded to Troy’s comments by saying: “I don’t want to wage any war with Praying Mantis. I’ve said nothing to instigate such a thing.
“I was very ill during my last two performances with them, but I’m not going to bore you with the details. In hindsight, I should have had the guts to cancel the gigs – but I’ve always gone with the notion that the show must go on.
“What’s been said about me and now put on Classic Rock is a complete lie. I’ve no idea why it’s been said by someone who I’ve spent seven years working with.
I’m going to say no more about this now; except to any doubters, please come and watch me perform with More. All my very best to the new vocalist and drummer of Praying Mantis and a very big thank you to all the Mantis fans – you made the journey so worthwhile.”
Freeland and Mackenzie have been replaced respectively by Dutch duo John ‘Jaycee’ Ciujpers and Hanz in’t Zandt.
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