XANDRIA – Sängerin Dianne van Giersbergen hat die Band verlassen!

XANDRIA

Was ist nur los bei XANDRIA? Nach knapp vier Jahren hat nun auch die mittlerweile vierte Sängerin die Symphonic Metal-Helden Xandria verlassen. Erst Anfang des Jahres veröffentlichten die Biefelder um die niederländische Sängerin Dianne van Giersber- gen nach dem überaus erfolgreichen Release von „Sacrificium“ (2014) ihr neustes Werk Theater of Dimensions via Napalm Records. Vor wenigen Tagen, genauer gesagt am 12.09.2017, teilte die Band mit, dass Dianne vorläufig nicht mit der Band spielen könne und daher die kom. menden Russland-Shows in Moskau und St. Petersburg sowie die folgende US-Tour Ende September und Oktober nicht stattfinden werden. Es werde aber bereits an neuen Terminen für diese Tour gearbeitet. Zumindest für die anstehenden europäischen Termine im Novem- ber und Dezember konnte mit Sängerin Aeva Maurelle von der alternativen Metalband Aeverium eine kurzfristige Lösung gefunden werden.

Allein diese Nachricht ließ bei den Fans reichlich Raum für Spekulationen. Nur ein Tag später am 13.09.2017 teilte Dianne van Giersbergen auf ihrer offiziellen Facebook Seite mit, dass sie Xandria verlässt.

Hier das komplette Statement von Dianne:

I’M LEAVING XANDRIA.

„The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.

For nearly 2 years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.

Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria & manage- ment. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve send me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.

Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again.

Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support!
I am forever grateful ♡

Dianne“

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