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Petra lineup changes again
Big changes within Petra became public earlier this month. Three members are gone, and one "retired" member is back.
The band announced on its new website (www.petraband.com) that 22-year veteran drummer Louie Weaver was no longer performing with the band anymore. About the same time, it was confirmed that Quinton Gibson (guitar) and Bryce Bell (keyboards) had departed to work with other groups; Quinton is now in a band called Strange Celebrity, and Bryce is touring with Rebecca St. James.
However, later in May, Louie announced publicly that he did not leave the band on his own. In a statement on his website, Louie said he "was dismissed from service to the band" on Feb. 8 by John Schlitt and manager Wayne Seboa. Louie also said he "shocked and "surprised" by the decision. Louie said he is continuing in music ministry, and plans to record new material for "praise and worship to Christ our Lord".
Amidst all these changes, there is a nugget of good news. Bob Hartman -- the band's principal song writer, one of its founders, and former lead guitarist -- is coming out of his "touring retirement" and will tour with the band.
For more information about this entire subject, visit the links below.
» PRMW's news stories: http://www.petrarocksmyworld.com/news.html
» Statement from Petra: http://www.petraband.com/
» Statement from Louie: http://www.louieweaver.com/statement.htm