Woke up this morning to read the White Wizzard is back! Kind of bummed that Mark Strigl or myself where not the people to break this, as regardless of the lineup, I believe the two of us have collectively given the band more coverage than anyone else over the years, and have not dogged them like others. Regardless, that’s not what matters, what does is that the band is back, and regardless of whoever Jon Leon decides to surround himself with, he’s always able to release quality music.
The new lineup of the band consists of the following players:
Mikey Dean Gremio – Vocals
James J. LaRue – Guitar
Will Wallner – Guitar
Jon Leon – Bass
Devin Lebsack – Drums
The band has worked with their Ralph Patlan once again (their Martin Birch), for those of you that don’t know, he’s probably best known for working with Megadeth and U.F.O. I have seen the band live with Gremio on vocals, most will know him from his time in Cellador, he has the pipes to properly do the job. He had no problem handling the vocals that night, regardless of who originally sung the track. I have interviewed Jame J. in the past, and have spoken to him off and on over the years, in the article, they seem to forget that he was part of the band’s original lineup, he played on the High Speed GTO EP before moving onto Holy Grail. I got to see Will and his wife Vivien Vain perform live a few years back at a small club by my house, he put on a great show, which wowed all of those in attendance, including an international recording artist that was on hand. I have also been in contact with him and his wife off and on over the years, both are great people. Both of these guitarists are beyond capable, given the material they’ve already released with the band, and outside of it. With them, you’re mixing the best elements of Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, Allen Holdsworth, Ritchie Blackmore, Gary Moore, and John Sykes between the two of them. Jon has been both my Mars Attacks Podcast, and on Talking Metal several times, and is probably the person that I’ve interacted with most out of the lineup. Was very concerned for his well being after posting a cryptic message when the band came apart. That said, I’m beyond thrilled they are back, I’m so looking forward to hearing their new material.
You can read the interview Joe Divita conducted for Loudwire with Jon here.