This past St. Patrick’s day marked Mushroomhead’s first live performance with their new frontman and guitarist. On March 17th, the group performed at Music Lynxx in Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio and there’s fan-filmed footage revealing the group’s new vocalist Steve Rauckhorst (bassist of Pitch Black Forecast) and guitarist Tommy ‘Tankx’ Shaffner (Ventana).
Earlier this month, both Jeffrey Nothing (vocalist) and Church (guitarist) announced quitting the band, which made us question on their rebuilding similar to The Faceless. However, based on the below footage, things are looking up for the group.
Turntablist Richard ‘Stitch’ Thomas released the following comment about the band’s lineup change:
“I know a lot of you are angry and confused on the latest news, but this is not news to us. We were made aware that Jeff and Church were leaving and a plan was in motion to make a proper transition. They both decided to let the cat out of the bag on Facebook before a proper press release was made. This was not part of the plan discussed.
I’m not going to explain or air out the bands personal business and I’m not going to engage in any smearing of the two members that have recently departed.
I have been a Mushroomhead fan since 1994 and am honored to be a member of this band the last 17 years.
None of you know what happens behind the scenes or how people’s personalities and involvement in the band changes as years go on. Your assumptions and negative comments are quite disheartening, this is why I truly hate this social media era — everyone gets to judge you before you even have a chance to figure out what to say.
If I learned anything, it’s that Mushroomhead lives on no matter what and that is what we are doing right now.
If there is ever a day that I step down, it will still continue without me.
The replacements for both members have been in place for quite awhile, the new singer was even endorsed by Mr. Nothing over a month ago.
Both of these gentlemen are longtime friends of mine, they are talented musicians and have been in the mosh pits at Mushroomhead concerts since 1996. They are huge fans of the band and are going to breathe new life into Mushroomhead, carrying on its legacy into the next chapter. I’m very excited to be sharing the stage with them moving into the future.”