LYNCH MOB has recuited singer Nathan Utz to front the band following the recent departure of Oni Logan.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based Utz previousy sang for the late 1980s/early 1990s glam metal band BLONZ and is currently the frontman for the AEROSMITH tribute act PANDORA’S BOX, which also features EVANESCENCE‘s Troy McLawhorn.
Utz made his live debut with LYNCH MOB this past Friday, March 9 in Medina, Minnesota. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
LYNCH MOB was rejoined by singer Robert Mason for appearances at last month’s Monsters Of Rock cruise and the ’80s In The Park festival.
During a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, LYNCH MOB guitarist George Lynch declined to get into specifics about Oni‘s decision to exit the band in January, explaining: “We have tremendous respect for each other on the musical level, and I’ll just leave it there and wish him well. I’m sure he’s going to do fine. He’s one of the great ones. Maybe he hasn’t been recognized like I feel he should be. To me, he’s a modern-day Paul Rodgers. We made a lot of fantastic music together, including the latest record, ‘The Brotherhood’ — which didn’t turn out to be such a brotherhood after all [laughs], but it’s a beautiful, beautiful record. I’ll have a soft spot in my heart for these guys and wish it had continued on, but it didn’t, so…”
LYNCH MOB‘s current lineup also includes returning drummer Scot Coogan. “I played with Scot off and on in various projects over the years, and he was in LYNCH MOB a number of variations, most recently up to a few years ago,” the guitarist told Trunk. “Scot‘s wonderful. He brings so much to the table. He’s one of those multitasking guys. He’s a great singer; he’s a great songwriter; and he plays everything a little bit. He’s very tuned in with drum programming and the recording side of it, so that always helps. He’s like a Swiss army knife, plus his drumming, it’s got a great R&B feel. LYNCH MOB has that — LYNCH MOB has this blues-based, R&B-based, heavy rock thing. He really brings a lot to the table. He’s a great fit, and we’re great friends.”
Logan first hooked up with LYNCH MOB in 1990, but exited the group after the release of its first album, only to rejoin the George Lynch-led outfit in the late 2000s.
“The Brotherhood” was released last September via Rat Pak Records.