Saliva quietly parted ways with singer Josey Scott late last year, with guitarist Wayne Swinny telling Lubbock, Texas radio stations KFMX that Scott left the group after a decade and a half to pursue a career as a solo Christian artist. Although Saliva's continued existence seemed to be in doubt as 2011 drew to a close, Swinny has revealed that he and the remaining members of Saliva have recruited Jacksonville, Florida singer/songwriter Bobby Amaru to take over on the mic.
- The group has already recorded three new songs which it will begin shopping around for a new record deal.
- Amaru fronted his own solo band and played drums for Burn Season.
- A tour is also in the works for February to introduce fans to the new lineup. It does not seem likely that the band will change its name.
- Scott was a founding member of Saliva, which formed in Memphis in 1996. He sang lead vocals on all seven of the band's albums to date, with the most recent being 2010's Under Your Skin. The group has compiled 18 rock radio hits.
Meanwhile, Killswitch Engage has announced that it has parted ways with singer Howard Jones after a nine-year run. The group said in a statement, "We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we've had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well."
- Rumors spread online quickly on Wednesday (January 4th) that Jones' replacement would be Phil Labonte of All That Remains, but Labonte quickly shot those reports down with a terse post on his Facebook page.
- Labonte sang with Killswitch on its 2010 North American tour, for which Jones was deemed "unfit" to perform. A statement from the band at the time said that Jones was "in no condition to be on tour right now."
- Jones joined Killswitch in 2002 after the departure of original vocalist Jesse Leach, and has sang on the band's last three studio efforts.
- Killswitch Engage's most recent album was 2009's self-titled effort. The set's Number Seven debut on the Billboard chart was the act's highest yet.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Were you shocked to hear about Josey Scott leaving Saliva? Do you think he's made the right decision?
- If the band continues, should it change its name? Do you think Scott is replaceable as the act's frontman?
- Why do you think Jones is being replaced in Killswitch? Does it sound to you like drugs are involved?
- Who should they get as their new vocalist?
INTERNET COMMENTS at kfmx.com and Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Elecia Gholson wrote: "Saliva made an excellent choice in choosing Bobby to sing. He has so much talent in music. Can't wait to see a show."
Sam L Helms wrote: "I have known Bobby for a few years now. Saliva fans, you will NOT be dissapointed... The man has the chops and the voice to carry on the tradition of Saliva."
Stephanie Stock wrote: "I must say Bobby has some big shoes to fill but I like his sound."
looool wrote: "kse should just call it a day."
JX wrote: "I love kse but they gave what they had to give."
CHECK IT OUT: Here's video footage of Saliva's new singer:
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