Former Praying Mantis Singer Speaks Out About Firing

08/16/2013
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(Classic Rock) Fired Praying Mantis singer Mike Freeland says former bandmate Tino Troy has lied about him and he can't understand why. Troy dismissed Freeland and drummer Gary Mackenzie last month, and later stated the vocalist had to go because the quality of his performances had crashed since the recording of 2009 album Sanctuary.

"Mike's vocal performance was second to none; the ensuing shows we did were pitch-perfect. I still don't know to this day what happened over the last couple of years," Troy said. "Perhaps you should ask Mike that question. As far as I'm concerned he lost it, for reasons best known to himself and those closest to him."

The singer has responded to Troy's comments by saying: "I don't want to wage any war with Praying Mantis. I've said nothing to instigate such a thing.

"I was very ill during my last two performances with them, but I'm not going to bore you with the details. In hindsight, I should have had the guts to cancel the gigs but I've always gone with the notion that the show must go on." He is not done.

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