Bassist Kevin Chown exits TARJA; joins SEBASTIAN BACH for fall U.S. tour

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Kevin Chow (Cosmosquad). Photo By Alex Solca. Photo taken in Simi Valley on 01/13/17.

Los Angeles, CA based bassist Kevin Chown (CHAD SMITH’S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, COSMOSQUADPAUL GILBERT) has announced that he will be joining former SKID ROW vocalist SEBASTIAN BACH for a fall tour of the U.S. after a 9-year stint with Finnish artist TARJA TURUNEN.

“I’m really looking forward to joining Sebastian and his band once again.  He is a good friend and life with Bas is always an adventure.  And working with Bobby (Jarzombek) and Brent (Woods) is working with the best of the best.  It’ll be nice to finally be doing a U.S. tour again after spending years overseas with TARJA. We’ll be playing the first SKID ROW record in its entirety which I’m sure the fans are gonna totally dig. I’m jumping aboard October 10 in Ramona, CA and finish out the tour from there, ending in Florida in early November.

10/10 – Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
10/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
10/17 – Roswell, NM @ Liberty Theater
10/18 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/19 – Waco, TX @ The Backyard
10/20 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
10/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
10/24 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
10/25 – Lafayette, LA @ The District
10/26 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
10/28 – Miami, FL @ KISS Kruise Pre Partye
10/30 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock
10/31 – Savannah, GA @ Victory North
11/01 – Ft. Myers, FL @ The Ranch
11/02 – Pinellas Park, FL @ England Brothers Park

Before the BACH tour, Chown is off to Europe for one last show with TARJA opening for EVANESCENCESeptember 7 in Trnava, Slovakia.  Chown appears on the new TARJA album, “In The Raw”, which was released August 30th. “My 9 years with TARJA were a trip in the truest sense of the word. Change is bittersweet. We’ve spent thousands of days together and played many great shows. One of the best bands I’ve ever been in.  But, as they say, all good things come to an end and I’m looking forward to doing new things, musically and personally, back in the USA. I will miss my good friends in TARJA and wish them all well on their upcoming tour. I’m sure I’ll be standing on stage with them again one day. I’ll most definitely miss the fans – Tarja truly has some of the greatest, most dedicated fans in the world. I can never thank them enough for all of their love through this adventure.”

In his hometown of Escanaba MI, Chown has started working with TREVOR OHLSEN, an up ‘n coming singer/songwriter. “”It’s cool to get involved once again in producing, something that I haven’t had time for since my own “Light the Way” EP. Trev is a great writer and a great performer. It’s super cool to have found someone in my hometown who’s just as crazy as me! I can see many shows into the future with this kid. We have our first show on September 14th here in Escanaba, at the Lakeshore Live Festival in Ludington Park, our first public performance.”

Chown will be back in L.A. at the end of September for a show with acclaimed progressive metal trio,  COSMOSQUAD, on the 28th at the Baked Potato. “I haven’t played a gig with Jeff (Kollman) and Shane(Gaalaas) in what seems like forever as we’ve all been touring with different people, including ALAN PARSONS,SLASH, and TARJA in my case. Getting us in the same room the last few years has been a challenge. Which is a shame because COSMOSQUAD is the musical endeavor that I am the most proud of as a musician.  If you haven’t heard our latest album, “The Morbid Tango”, yet – have a listen!

Last but not least, Chown makes an appearance on the new THOMAS LANG album, “Progpop”, along withMarc BonillaFreddie NelsonMilan Polak, Francisco di Cosmo, among others.  “I first had the pleasure of working with Thomas when we did PAUL GILBERT’s “I Can Destroy” album and tour of Japan. He’s a great friend and truly out of this world – amazing drummer!”

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