By AtticaRageHQ, Jan 19 2018 12:21PM
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM STEVIE BELL:
“Well folks, after 11 years of being the Attica Rage guitarist and almost 21 years since taking up the guitar in the first place, I'm hanging up my Jacksons to venture elsewhere in life. I have had thee best decade gigging and touring with the band, playing literally hundreds of gigs across dozens of cities throughout the UK and Europe. I also made some brothers for life in Jonny, Richie and Matthew. Shout out to Colin Walls and Colin Wilson too. As a fan of the band since 2004 (I didn't join until 2007!), I am beyond excited to hear what album #5 has in store for us all and I wish the lads the best of luck for the next chapter of their epic career. Sincere thank you to all of the fans, friends and family who have supported both myself and the band since I joined, as well as management and crew past and present. And of course, all the killer bands I got to share a night of live music with these past 11 years. Until our paths cross again...”
Stevie Bell joined the band in April 2007 in time to write and record guitar solos for Attica Rage’s debut album, Ruin Nation, released in 2008, and performed on three further albums: Road Dog, 88MPH and Warheads Ltd. He also wrote songs including ‘Altered Reality’ and fan-favourite ‘Ashamed’ and since joining, has played over 200 hundred live shows with the band on headline tours and at festivals across the UK and Europe.
Stevie will play his final shows with Attica Rage at Bannerman’s in Edinburgh on Friday 16 February and the HRH Metal festival at the Birmingham 02 Academy on Sunday 18 February. Tickets are on sale at Tickets Scotland and HRHMetal.com.
Attica Rage have started writing songs for a new album with production scheduled for summer and a likely release date later in the year. They will also be performing at the HRH Road Trip rock festival in Ibiza, Spain in May with a new lead guitarist in the ranks.
Singer Jonny Parr adds:
“Bell has been a huge part of Attica Rage and we will all miss him immensely. He is much more than just the band’s guitarist - he’s a great friend and a brother and we’ve played some huge shows and shared amazing experiences together. I don’t think we ever imagined a version of the band without him. However, we totally respect his decision. The Attica machine is rolling ahead as ever, with plans for a new album and a whole new chapter. But, all of that is for another day. For now, we just want to make sure Stevie has the best farewell send-off celebration that he deserves and we hope our fans & friends can make it along to one of his two final shows in February - let him bow out on a total high!”
If you have any comments or messages you'd like to send Stevie, post them on the Attica Rage Facebook page here or tweet @AtticaRage.
Stevie Bell's Final Shows
Friday 16 Feb 2018 - Edinburgh Bannerman's
Attica Rage + support from Belfast metal trio Rabid Bitch of the North + Inverness rockers Devil's Queen
Over 18s only
Sunday 18 Feb 2018 - HRH Metal II - Birmingham 02 Academy
Weekend metal festival
Attica Rage headline Stage 2 on the Sunday night