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Lightning Strikes was a short-lived rock project formed in 1985 by drummer Karpis Maksudian, that reformed in 2011. They're currently recording their full length album, with the following lineup:
- Vocals. Nando Fernandez [Hangar, etc.]
- Guitar. Rob Math [Seal, Toni Braxton, Leatherwolf, etc.]
- Bass. Cat Tate [Snew, Red Again, etc.]
- Drums. Karpis Maksudian
- Key. Derek Sherinian [Dream Theater, KISS, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.]
- Guest vocals. Tony Martin [Black Sabbath, etc.]
- Guest vocals. NOAH [AVANCHICK]
- Guest koto. Masayo Ishigure
Tony Martin [Black Sabbath] will act as guest vocalist for two songs, and NOAH will act as guest vocalist on two additional songs. The remaining songs' vocals will be performed by Nando Fernandez [Hangar].
NOAH will sing on the track Kamikaze (which was written by the band's original lineup in 1986) and will provide Enka-style vocals for Doki no Sakura (which will further feature traditional koto artist Masayo Ishigure).
The Lightning Strikes album will be mixed by Roy Z [Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bruce Dickinson, Helloween, Sepultura], and is set for a May, 2016 release.
Official press release / AVANCHICK official / Lightning Strikes official Facebook
You can see a pic of the band above (thanks to their official Twitter, @seikspia2016). They look surprisingly good, to be honest! And their setlist was as follows:
- Maiyuki-2016 ver. (舞雪-2016 ver.)
- NOSTALGIA-2016 ver.
- ToBENAI Tori-2016 ver. (翔ベナイ鳥-2016 ver.)
Seems that they rearranged some of their old songs. I wish we could hear those new versions, or at least see the live performance ;0; Oh well~ I'm glad that their revival live went well.