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Dregen quits Monroe band for good

Dregen has announced his departure from Michael Monroe’s band is now permanent.

The guitarist last year took a break from the ex Hanoi Rocks frontman’s outfit so he could support the launch of his self-titled debut solo album. At the time he said: “I’m going to be back at some point, but I don’t know how long I’ll be away.”

Now he’s confirmed that won’t happen – and that his own plans include the long-awaited Backyard Babies reunion.

dregenDregen says: “I’m going to miss the band so much – but it’s time for me to focus on my solo career and future Backyard Babies albums.

“It’s been an amazing three years and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. I hope I contributed positive energy, great live shows, riffs, dirt and songs. The band is so good they’ll be fine without me.”

Before the parties go their separate ways, the Swedish guitarist will support Monroe on tour in Finland during April and May.

“Dregen’s band opening up for us is a nice send-off and a special treat for the fans,” says the singer, who’s confirmed stand-in Rich Jones will remain on board.

“Rich has done an excellent job as Dregen’s substitute. He’s gelled into the band’s chemistry so well that we welcome him with open arms. And so the saga continues.”

Dregen was hired in 2011 in place of Ginger WIldheart, one of Jones’ former bosses. He appeared on 2013 album Horns And Halos, then the following month launched his own record.

Speaking in October of going back into action with the Backyard Babies, he said: “The relations are good with the members. In a year or so we’ll be ready to make the ultimate Backyard Babies statement.”

-Classic Rock

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