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Dragonforce and Bassist Frédéric Leclercq Part Ways, YouTuber Stevie T. to Fill In

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Dragonforce have announced that they’ve parted ways with bassist Frédéric Leclercq. Leclercq has been in the band since the band’s 2006 runaway hit album Inhuman Rampage, so while there were previously two other bassists in the band, Leclercq is surely the only one most fans have known.

In Leclercq’s place on the band’s upcoming U.S. tour will be metal YouTuber Stevie T. (Steve Terreberry). Terreberry first came into contact with the band after his cover of “Through the Fire and Flames” on the triangle (yes, the triangle) caught Herman Li’s attention. His status in the band beyond the upcoming U.S. dates is unclear.

Leclercq’s last show with DragonForce will be this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany. The split seems amicable, and the bassist said that he’ll be announcing “an amazing opportunity” soon.

Here is Dragonforce’s statement:

“DragonForce announced on Wednesday that musician and YouTube personality Stevie T (Steve Terreberry) will join the band for the US leg of its upcoming world tour. DragonForce guitarist Herman Li jokingly invited Stevie T to join the band this summer, asking him to play the triangle. Stevie T responded with a video on his YouTube channel, accepting Li’s offer and playing an extended triangle solo to DragonForce’s hit “Through the Fire and Flames.”

“Li said ‘I was deeply moved when I saw Stevie T’s technical precision and finesse on the triangle and immediately invited him to join the tour. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the greatest triangle player ever to grace this earth.’ Stevie T will also step in to play bass for the band, after the departure of bassist Frédéric Leclercq, which was also announced on the band’s website on Wednesday. Leclercq’s last show with DragonForce will be this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany. Li said, “We want to thank Fred for all the musical contributions and good times over the years. As sad as we are to lose him, we are excited that he is going to continue playing the music he loves. He will always be a friend and a member of the DragonForce family.

All upcoming Dragonforce dates are included at the bottom of this post.

Dragonforce U.S. tour w/ Dance with the Dead, Starkill (featuring Stevie T. on bass)
Oct. 1 – Encore – Tucson, AZ
Oct. 2 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 3 – Vinyl @ Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 4 – Strummers – Fresno, CA
Oct. 5 – Cargo – Reno, NV
Oct. 6 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Oct. 7 – The Red Room – Vancouver, BC
Oct. 8 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct. 11 – August Hall – San Francisco, CA
Oct. 12 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
Oct. 13 – Megacruise – Los Angeles, CA, USA *
*=only DragonForce

Dragonforce U.K. tour w/ special guest TBA + McRocklin & Hutch
Nov. 2 – Liquid Rooms – Edinburgh, UK
Nov. 3 – Welly – Hull, UK
Nov. 4 – Stylus – Leeds, UK
Nov. 5 – Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
Nov. 6 – Institute – Birmingham, UK
Nov. 8 – Forum – London, UK
Nov. 9 – The Waterfront – Norwich, UK
Nov. 11 – Engine Rooms – Southampton, UK
Nov. 12 – Tramshed – Cardiff, UK
Nov. 13 – Roadmember – Northampton, UK
Nov. 14 – Northumbria Institute – Newcastle, UK

Dragonforce European tour
Feb. 5 – 013 – Tilburg, Holland
Feb. 6 – TBC – Belgium
Feb. 7 – Le Forum – Charleville-Mezieres, France
Feb. 8 – La Laiterie – Strasbourgh, France
Feb. 9 – CCO – Lyon, France
Feb. 11 – La Machine du Moulin Rouge – Paris, France
Feb. 12 – Krakatoa Club – Bordeaux, France
Feb. 13 – Metronum – Toulouse, France
Feb. 14 – L’Usine – Istres (Marseille), France
Feb. 15 – Konzertfabrick Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
Feb. 16 – Les Docks – Lausanne, Switzerland

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