Joey Concepcion (ARMAGEDDON, THE ABSENCE) will join Seattle metal legends SANCTUARY as their second guitarist during the band’s North American tour with ICED EARTH. These upcoming shows will act as a tribute to the musical legacy of SANCTUARY singer Warrel Dane, who passed away last December. Guest vocals for SANCTUARY on the trek will be provided by Joseph Michael (WITHERFALL).
“We’re proud to announce that master shredder Joey Concepcion will be joining us on our 2018 U.S. tour honoring our brother Warrel Dane,” says SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge.
Concepcion adds: “I’m very stoked to be playing with SANCTUARY on their upcoming tour. I’ve been a fan since I was in high school listening to ‘Into The Mirror Black’. I’m looking forward to playing these songs live and honoring the legacy of Warrel Dane.”
The official video for the song “Across The Skies” from Concepcion‘s latest solo album, “2017’s “Alignment”, can be seen below.
Lenny previously said that SANCTUARY “decided to continue on with the ICED EARTH tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel‘s musical legacy with SANCTUARY. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.”
A year ago, SANCTUARY released the official prequel to 1988’s classic debut “Refuge Denied”, “Inception”, which showcased several previously lost recordings from their 1986 studio session that have now been restored, remixed and remastered by Chris “Zeus” Harris (QUEENSRŸCHE).
Formed in 1985, the band was signed to Epic Records with the help of MEGADETH guitarist Dave Mustaine and released two records, “Refuge Denied” (1988) and “Into The Mirror Black” (1989), which saw them perform with the likes of MEGADETH, FATES WARNING, WARLOCK and DEATH ANGEL. The band disbanded in 1992 as members Dane and Jim Sheppard (bass) went on to form the highly successful metal act NEVERMORE with acclaimed guitarist Jeff Loomis. SANCTUARY reunited nearly 25 years later in 2010 and appeared at several festivals worldwide before returning to the studio to record their acclaimed full-length comeback album, “The Year The Sun Died”, for Century Media Records in 2014.
Dane tragically passed away on December 13, 2017 due to a heart attack while recording his second solo album in São Paulo, Brazil.