Tino Troy Says Praying Mantis Lineup Had To Change

(Classic Rock) Praying Mantis co-founder Tino Troy has lashed back at some fans' "puerile comments" after the band dismissed singer Mike Freeland and drummer Gary Mackenzie.

They were replaced respectively by Dutch duo John 'Jaycee' Ciujpers and Hanz in't Zandt. And the guitarist says there's a very good reason why Freeland had to go: the quality of his performances had plummeted since he recorded 2009 album Sanctuary.

Troy says via his Facebook page: "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.

"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.

"I loved Mike as a singer and his friendship means a lot to me. He's a truly down-to-earth bloke and I'll miss him and his quips." more on this story

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