Manowar name new guitarist for The Final Battle world tour

Manowar have named their new guitarist who will hit the road with them on the next leg of The Final Battle world tour.

The band announced in October that guitarist Karl Logan would not take part in the live dates (opens in new tab) after he was arrested and charged for allegedly possessing child pornography (opens in new tab).

Now Manowar have revealed that E.V. Martel will join them for the duration of the tour, which will kick off in Tel Aviv, Israel, on February 25.

The band say in a statement: “A musician since the age of eight and devoted Manowar fan, E.V. lives the life of true metal and the music of Manowar. 

“He has performed for years in the only official Manowar tribute band in the world. E.V. is proud to know every Manowar song ever recorded, and his style is a mix of all previous Manowar guitarists combined with his own metallic burning.”

Bassist Joey DeMaio adds: “I can think of no one more deserving to play with Manowar than a fan themselves – one who has dedicated their entire life to our fans and our music and who he has proven to be a true Manowarrior!”

Martel says he is “honoured beyond words” to join Manowar for the tour and adds: “I live by Manowar’s message every day of my life: Believe in yourself and even your wildest dreams can come true!”

Find a full list of the band’s 2019 tour dates below.

Manowar The Final Battle 2019 tour dates
Feb 25: Tel Aviv Hangar 11, Israel 
Mar 01: Novosibirsk Expo Center, Russia
Mar 03: Vladivostok Fetisov Arena, Russia
Mar 05: Khabarovsk Erofey Arena, Russia
Mar 07: Yekaterinburg Expo Center, Russia
Mar 10: Samara MTL Arena, Russia
Mar 12: St Petersburg Yubileyny Sports Palace, Russia
Mar 14: Moscow VTB Dynamo Arena, Russia
Mar 16: Rostov-on-Don KSK Express, Russia
Mar 18: Krasnodar DS Olymp, Russia
Mar 21: Kiev Sports Palace, Ukraine
Mar 23: Minsk Sports Palace, Belarus 
Mar 25: Brno Hala Vodova, Czech Republic
Mar 26: Ostrava RT Torax Arena, Czech Republic
Mar 29: Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany
Mar 30: Dortmund Westfalenhalle 1, Germany 
Apr 01: Copenhagen Valby-Hallen, Denmark
Apr 03: Berlin Velodrom, Germany 
Apr 05: Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Germany
Apr 06: Munich Zenith, Germany 
Apr 09: Hamar Scandic Scene, Norway
Apr 10: Hamar Scandic Scene, Norway
Apr 12: Stavanger Konserthuset, Norway
Apr 13: Bergen USF Verftet, Norway
Apr 14: Bergen USF Verftet, Norway
Apr 16: Longyearbyen Kulturhuset, Norway
Apr 19: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Apr 20: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Jun 21: Clisson Hellfest, France 
Jul 18: Gävle Gasklockorna, Sweden

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