The statement reads as follows:
A great honor and opportunity has come back around to me recently as I have been invited to write and record with Trouble for their upcoming album. I am proud to say that I accept the invitation, and look forward to rejoining my former colleagues.
Though I was not an official member of the band before, I treated every performance with them as if I were. This time around I shall continue to do so.
As a fan first and foremost of Trouble, I completely understand that a strong contingent of fans only want to see the band with [original singer] Eric Wagner, and there is nothing wrong with that. If I were on the outside looking in, I might feel the same way.
Though we’ve never met, I have the utmost respect for Eric and can only say it is an honor and challenge to step in to his previous spot with the band. It is a challenge that I look forward to, and hope that true fans of Trouble will be willing to give it a fair shake.
As a fan, I can promise you that I will do everything within my power to make an amazing and true to feel album with one of my favorite bands.
If some cannot accept the change, that is okay as well. Everyone is entitled to their feelings, but all I can say is that Black Sabbath remained great with Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan, and Deep Purple was amazing as well with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. I was reluctant to accept the change for both of those bands at one time, and now regret that it took me so long to enjoy the various lineups. Good music is good music.
If my work with Trouble is not up to snuff, it will not be because I did not work my tail off in the process.
Many thanks to [Trouble guitarists] Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklinfor bringing me back into the picture. Truth is, what is!