Joonas “Jope” Koto officially joins Omnium Gatherum as a new
guitarist, so OG is a twin guitar squad again and what’s even better
is that now we have Jackson guitar tour de force on both sides of the
stage! He have been playing already a big bunch of gigs with OG as
session live member as the previous guitarist Harri Pikka left the
band over a year ago, and Jope was even filling up Harri in some gigs
even before we separated ways.
Jope have been Markus’ partner in crime in a progressive metal band
Malpractice for many years by now, so he was the first, the most
natural and the only candidate for the job for us and gladly we got
him on board! He have been playing and recording previously in
To/Die/For and Hateframe too, so he is a hard core professional dude.
Joonas’ statement: “After two years as a session guitarist the guys
finally asked me to join OG and I didn’t hesitate one second! From the
get-go I have felt like part of a family. The guys are very great as
persons and professional as musicians. I’m very happy and proud to be
a part of such a great band of brothers.”
OG’s statement: “Welcome sir, we salute you!”
Omnium Gatherum proposed Joonas on stage during their performance at
last weeks gig on Finland’s Sauna Open Air festival where they the
band was opening directly for Ozzy Osbourne.
Next Omnium Gatherum summer festivals will be:
18.06. Kotkarock Festival, Kotka, Finland
01.07. With Full Force Open Air, Germany
16.07. Ilosaarirock Festival, Joensuu, Finland
22.07. Tuska Open Air, Helsinki, Finland
29.07. Qstock Festival, Oulu, Finland
06.08. Kokkolarock Festival, Kokkola, Finland
After that the band will head to Finnish club tour in September and
“Neckbreakers Ball” European tour in October/November.