According to the web site of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Crimson Glory's guitarist Jon Drenning was arrested on April 8th in Sarasota, Florida on charges of conspiracy to purchase cocaine and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. He was released the following day after posting $10,000 bail on each charge. The guitarist Jon Drenning will now be arraigned on May 9th.
Ever since singer Todd La Torre left the band and joined Queensrÿche, Crimson Glory haven't said much about their future but recently they released a statement revealing that the band is still a go. The band members have been busy with their other projects but there are new ideas for a new Crimson Glory album even though at this point there are no commitments in terms of release date or a new singer.
Some people might have been expecting it after he joined Queensrÿche, the one where Geoff Tate is no longer part of the picture, but now Todd La Torre has left Crimson Glory after joining the band in 2010. Florida-based progressive metal band Crimson Glory will have to find a replacement.
Crimson Glory have returned home from touring and are set to finish writing and recording their new album, a concept record tentatively slated for release next year. The band has now released a raw demo track entitled "Garden Of Shadows", a taste of what is to come on the long awaited follow-up to the 1999 release Astronomica. You can listen to it on the video below.
French metallers Nightmare have recorded a cover version of the song "Where Dragons Rule", taken from the Crimson Glory album Transcendence, as a tribute to vocalist John Patrick Jr. "Midnight" McDonald. The former Crimson Glory frontman Midnight passed away on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009, due to total kidney and liver failure. He was 47 years old. The song can be heard at this location.
On July 8, 2009, founding member and original Crimson Glory frontman Midnight passed away at 3:30am surrounded by his family. An official statement reads as follows:
On July 8th, 2009 the world lost one of its greatest singer/songwriters. Founding member and original Crimson Glory frontman Midnight (John Patrick McDonald, Jr.) passed away peacefully, (in true Midnight form on an eerily cloudy, full moon-lit night) at 3:30am with his family by his side. He was 47 years old.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 11th at 6:30pm at Siesta Key public beach (just south of main pavillion). This celebration of Midnight's life will be open to all who wish to attend. The band has released the following statements:
Crimson Glory sign multiple releases deal with Black Lotus Records
Crimson Glory members Jon Drenning, Jeff Lords and Ben Jackson have finally reunited with their original singer Midnight. There is a wealth of material that the band will release through Black Lotus Records - on this - the bands 20th anniversary.
The debut album of Crimson Glory will be expanded - remastered and have a new title. Crimson Glory - 'Lost Reflections', will feature new artwork, new and previously unseen band photos, lyrics and new liner notes and also the added bonus of the previously unreleased songs - "Love me - kill me" and "Dream Dancer" which was originally only found on the Par cassette release of the album and on some hard to find singles, a new video for the song 'Lost Refection' and a band interview about the first CD.
The following message is posted at Crimson Glory's website:
"It's been six years since the band released its last album, and 16 years since it performed with its classic lineup.
That will change in 2006, when CG celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first album with reissues of its back catalog, new releases of rare audio and video, and live performances, says founder/guitarist Jon Drenning.
"There's a tremendous amount of loyal fans around the world who love this band, and they're making it possible for this to happen, because they keep demanding more material from Crimson Glory," Drenning said.
Drenning has reassembled original members Midnight (lead vocals), Ben Jackson (guitar) and Jeff Lords (bass). The drummer has yet to be announced.