Mantis lineup had to change – Tino Troy
Praying Mantis co-founder Tino Troy has lashed back at some fans’ “puerile comments” after the band dismissed singer Mike Freeland and drummer Gary Mackenzie.
They were replaced respectively by Dutch duo John ‘Jaycee’ Ciujpers and Hanz in’t Zandt.
And the guitarist says there’s a very good reason why Freeland had to go: the quality of his performances had plummeted since he recorded 2009 album Sanctuary.
Troy says via his Facebook page: “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.
“I loved Mike as a singer and his friendship means a lot to me. He’s a truly down-to-earth bloke and I’ll miss him and his quips.”
Troy admits Freeland wasn’t entirely responsible for some performances that have been “particularly horrendous.” He adds: “I have held my face in my hands in shame and disbelief at some of the crap that’s been posted in the past, down to dodgy performances by Mike and ourselves on occasion.”
He suggests change is the key to solving those issues, saying: “Throughout this journey we have seen many changes, particularly on the lead vocalist front. We have never fallen from grace. As long as I’m here we’re still alive and rockin’.”
He cites the example of Mantis’ first show with Cuijpers, during which they suffered severe technical problems. “He was reading many of the lyrics while putting on a stalwart performance. We delivered a spontaneously improvised set. Not bad for one rehearsal – well done chaps.”
To those who insist on expressing negative opinions, Troy says: “I can’t believe the immaturity of some folk; It’s unfair to start an obituary before the birth.
“Funnily enough I will be seeing Mike Freeland on August 17 at Manorfest. Wanna come to witness the bloodbath? Get over it! Let’s all move on, please. Life’s too short.”
Mantis will play the Cambridge Rock Festival on Sunday. Troy reports he’s aiming to work with ex-drummer Mackenzie on his next project.
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