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PostSubject: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:11 pm

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Jeff Plate, longtime drummer for Metal Church, announced his departure from the band citing time and time management issues. The band announced that it is withdrawing from the AlterBridge/In Flames tour scheduled for this May.

In a post on Facebook, Plate stated: "Hello everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Metal Church. I came to this conclusion 2 weeks ago, and agreed to hold off on the announcement until Metal Church had made some decisions on what they were going to do.

"This is obviously not an easy decision. After many conversations with myself, my wife, my family, my management and Kurdt Vanderoof and Mike Howe, I know I am doing the right thing for my future.

"I know there will be questions and speculation. The bottom line is time, my time, and how best I manage it. I had to come to terms with the fact that time is just blowing by at the speed of light and there is no time for me to second guess or regret anything I'm doing. At this point in my life I need to be in more control of my time and career. I have a number of things Id like to do and try, and to do these I have to give up something I truly love and am very proud of.

"I cannot thank Kurdt Vanderhoof enough for inviting me into Metal Church. For the past 12 years I have had the honor and privilege of playing some of the best, truly iconic Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal songs ever written. I have recorded 4 records with the band. The latest, 'XI', is not only one of my favorite Metal Church records, but I feel it is the one of the best, if not the best records I have recorded throughout my career.

"Also, I cannot thank the Metal Church fan base enough for the tremendous support. I have met thousands of you over the years and you, fans old and new, are simply the best. You have kept this band alive for the past 33 years, and I am sure there is more great music to come.

"Metal Church is in a good place, and there are a number of shows and good things coming up this year. This decision is made now to not only let me prepare for the year to come, but also to let Metal Church do the same. Kurdt Vanderhoof(g), Mike Howe(v), Steve Unger(b), Rick VanZandt(g), Tim Harding(sound and production), and Joe Obrien(President @ Rat Pak Records) have been a tremendous team, and they are also very good friends of mine. I wish them nothing but the best.

"I hope to see you all again somewhere down the road. I will keep you posted on my activities. Trust me, I will not sit still for very long. Thank you, take care."

Just prior to Plate's announcement, the band issued the following statement: "Due to unforeseen personnel changes within the Metal Church organization, regretfully we have to pull off the five Alter Bridge/In Flames show dates in May. We are grateful to everyone in the Alter Bridge camp for having offered us the opportunity, and would like to extend our deepest apologies to both bands, their management, and all the fans for the last minute cancellation. We had hoped we could make something work out, but that is no longer a possibility. We will be back on the road in June for all the European shows and we look forward to introducing you to our new drummer! Thank you for your understanding!"



Well this kind of sucks. They had some really good chemistry going. Now to find a capable replacement.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:26 pm

Hope they don't end up breaking up!
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:34 pm

Does he still drum for Trans Siberian Orchestra?

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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:44 pm

He's making it sound like he's taking a break from music in general.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:29 pm

007 wrote:
He's making it sound like he's taking a break from music in general.

Yeah totally, I got that too.


Why is it that musicians always feel the same way about their new record? Haha, like everyone seems to think their most recent record is the best ever, even when they are leaving or it being their last record. I guess it's just marketing.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:21 am

Stender wrote:
007 wrote:
He's making it sound like he's taking a break from music in general.

Yeah totally, I got that too.


Why is it that musicians always feel the same way about their new record? Haha, like everyone seems to think their most recent record is the best ever, even when they are leaving or it being their last record. I guess it's just marketing.

I dunno, he seems rather sincere with that statement. I mean, you're right, it's an overused quip, but XI really brought these guys out of hiding. Their touring has been more intense than with Munroe, there's a lot more recognition, more press, more marketing (especially with the live album coming). But even more than all that, it really is their best album for many (including myself) since Human Factor. You can tell their heart and soul was really thrown in those songs, partly because I believe Mike brought back the energy they needed. The dude still has his original attack and range, and onstage he's even more in beast mode than before. I saw them live last year and they were on fire, especially with the new material.

Too bad about Plate, he laid down some great stuff on XI.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:40 am

I was going to see them at Chicago Open Air Festival in July. They were the only band on Saturday that I had any interest it...I wonder if they'll replace him before then, or just call off all of their tour dates.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:26 am

I mean no disrespect to Plate, but they can easily replace him. Mike Howe is back and they're gonna make the most of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:29 am

If Scott Travis wasn't in Judas priest, he would be the perfect choice for Metal Church!
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:39 am

He was awesome to watch in concert. I will always think kindly of him for throwing me a stick after the show. I actually have two, one from the last tour, and one from generation nothing tour. The first one I had to jump and grab it, the second one he pretty much handed to me.

Whatever he ends up doing, I hope it's a success for him, and he's happy. Seems like a really cool down to earth dude.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:25 am

I saw him standing in the crowd when they played a small club for the Generation Nothing tour. He was checking out one of the opening bands. He was a solid player and a good fit for the band, but there is plenty of other guys even better like Richard Christy. He tore it up when he was in Iced Earth.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:55 am

I agree with you guys about it being relatively easy to replace him. But that's why the decision to withdraw from the May tour with Alter Bridge and In Flames seems a bit puzzling.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:01 pm

I understand why he did this but it's terrible timing. I think the slot with Alter Bridge and In Flames would have exposed them to a new crop of fans. I wonder if something else is going on? GP is right, it's puzzling they pulled out of that tour.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:04 pm

MetalGuy71 wrote:
Does he still drum for Trans Siberian Orchestra?

I think he does.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:39 pm

They still have their future festival dates and even added a few, so most likely they have a replacement in queue.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:57 am

METAL CHURCH has recruited Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) to play drums for the band on all its summer shows. He joins the group as the replacement for Jeff Plate, who announced his departure from METAL CHURCH last month.

Howland commented: "I was contacted by my good friend METAL CHURCH bass player Steve Unger recently after their drummer Jeff Plate stepped down after 12 years of dedicated service. The band has a bunch of summer festival dates as well as other touring for the year.
"When Steve called, the first thing he said was, 'How busy are you right now?' I laughed and asked him to get to the point, 'cause anyone who knows me knows that I'm constantly busy. Steve confided that Jeff had given his notice and that they needed a drummer immediately. He said that their new CD is going through the roof and that they have a ton of summer dates. I was very excited, to say the least.

"I became a hardcore fan of METAL CHURCH when they toured with W.A.S.P. on our 2005 'Metal Blast' tour. Our then-guitar player Darrell Roberts and I would stand in the wings watching every show; they kicked ass every single night! Their drummer at the time was Kirk Arrington, a great drummer and guy. We became friends immediately. And as it happens, I'm also old friends with Jeff Plate, METAL CHURCH's most recent drummer of 12 years. Jeff is a monster drummer and one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. It will be an honor and a privilege to step into his gig.

"I flew to Seattle and jammed with the band last week. We clicked immediately nothing but big smiles from the first song to the last. It was great!
"It's a great band, great guys, and they have an excellent aggressive record label behind them. They are still making fresh and relevant music. This is an honor indeed."

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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:33 am

Bummer about Jeff leaving. Glad I got to see Metal Church last fall
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:44 am

Cool news about Howland.
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PostSubject: Re: Jeff Plate Splits From Metal Church   Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:46 pm

Howland will fit right in.
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