NewsFebruary 20, 2007 4:38 PM ET•7,494 views

Will Haven vocalist/founding member departs

Official press release: The reunited Will Haven are sad to announce the departure of founding member, vocalist Grady Avenell. Grady will be returning home to focus his energy on his family. Will Haven guitarist Jeff Irwin had the following to say on the matter: "It was a very tough decision for Grady to make but of course, family comes first and we totally respect his decision. He is still a part of the band as far as helping write material for the new record, he just isn't able to tour with us. We want to promote this record as much as we can which means a lot of touring, so we had to make the tough decision of moving forward with a new vocalist." Moving forward, the band has added longtime friend and California punk/hardcore scene favorite Jeff Jaworski (previously of Roadrunner Records band Red Tape) to the fold. "We are very excited to have Jeff Jaworski in the band. He is an amazing frontman, with an equally amazing voice and is one of our closest friends. He has added so much to Will Haven in the short time he has been with us," adds Irwin. Jaworski will bring his high-energy attack to the Will Haven sound on their upcoming album, entitled "Heirophant," expected to be released this summer through Bieler Bros. Records. The effort is being produced by Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far). The tracks — "Helena", "Sheppard's Bush" and "Landing on Ice" among others— are heralded as "groundbreaking" by the band and "by far the best stuff we have ever done." "Years back I got to fill in for Mike on a two-week tour, and became very intimate with the Will Haven sound," says Jaworski. "Grady is the man, and it's too bad he had to bow out of this, especially when the band is writing some of their best music ever!" He adds of his longtime connection to the Will Haven camp, "Red Tape did our first tour with Will Haven back in 2001. We go even further back as friends though... back to the sock days! Whether as a fan, laying down vox on the WHVN track 'Jaworski', or going out on tours with them... I've always felt like I was a part of this band. I'm pumped to get this great new music out to the fans and usher in a new era of Will Haven. I'm not likening this to Sammy Hagar joining Van Halen... think more like Brian Johnson joining AC/DC!" The revitalized group is looking forward to the future. "We are taking this as a new era of Will Haven and we are very excited about it," says Irwin. "We are ready to take over the world!" To that end, Will Haven hit the road with the Deftones in Europe in late March.

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alexcreate 2/20/2007 1:40:55 PM

first


SJXHC 2/20/2007 1:43:04 PM

Noaone is pissed!


ipecac 2/20/2007 1:44:26 PM

"like brian johnson joining ac/dc"...yeah...they're doomed


WORSTGAYHEAD 2/20/2007 1:45:40 PM

done with your european tour/vacation...why not quit again, pssy!


Coldchain 2/20/2007 1:52:57 PM

fck, I saw this coming.


Coldchain 2/20/2007 1:54:31 PM

Red Tape is dull, and Grady was a huge part of Will Haven's appeal. Change the name


pullingnails 2/20/2007 2:00:53 PM

fck THIS,


gozer 2/20/2007 2:02:02 PM

wow, whoa, um, this sucks. Grady was one pissed sounding dude. this saddens me.


vodkaveins 2/20/2007 2:02:30 PM

Agleed with Coldchain


Dr_Radiation 2/20/2007 2:04:48 PM

Ouch. Grady is this band. Change the name.


rick_tocchet 2/20/2007 2:30:43 PM

gradys voice did stand out in the sense that he sounded like no one else when he screams. i dont know what these fckers are going to sound like now. i was hyped to hear the new stuff, now. not so much.


onemeansquid 2/20/2007 2:31:14 PM

this fcking sucks. that pretty much sums this up. sigh.


baobab 2/20/2007 2:45:58 PM

"will haven vocalist/founding member departs, will guest on another soulfly track".....Will Haven is pretty rad though. gay news.


forever_true 2/20/2007 3:06:15 PM

will haven was good in 1996. Now, not so much


janitor_joe 2/20/2007 4:21:07 PM

fck this...he's not even going to be on the new album?? fck you Grady, you tease.


Coldchain 2/20/2007 4:39:37 PM

If they could at least release the stuff they recorded with Grady and slothpiece I'd be happy


darthdeathstar 2/20/2007 5:01:18 PM

they should change their name, this is ridiculous.


marching_band_rules 2/20/2007 5:17:21 PM

this is fcking stupid. i love will haven but without grady it's not gonna be will haven


withdeadhandsrising 2/20/2007 5:18:39 PM

noooooo :(


swellsucka 2/20/2007 5:28:42 PM

maaaaaaaaaaaaaan fck


noaone 2/20/2007 6:43:34 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


xvegeedgex 2/20/2007 7:42:27 PM

I told you Will Haven't! Couldn't! Wouldn't! Shouldn't! change teh name.


EARTHpart2 2/20/2007 8:26:41 PM

Damn, and I just re-got WHVN last night, too. fck bad news!


bastardmaker 2/20/2007 10:01:47 PM

I used to work at micky d's with jaworski in webster TX back in 94


TonyVictory 2/20/2007 10:38:52 PM

Jaworski versus Ditka who wins


whoshotthefrog 2/21/2007 12:22:08 PM

why does will haven always tour the uk but never the east coast?





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