[lastfm]Fuel[/lastfm] have announced that former [lastfm]Shinedown[/lastfm] guitarist [lastfm]Jasin Todd[/lastfm] will soon be joining the band. According to lead singer [lastfm]Brett Scallions[/lastfm], Todd will replace Fuel’s current guitarist, [lastfm]Yogi Lonich[/lastfm], who is leaving the group.
“Yogi has accepted a gig in Japan for the next three months and it conflicts with the schedule that we are trying to put together for Fuel,” Scallions says in a post on the band’s website. “I have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for Yogi and I’ll miss having him next to me on the stage. He’s a great guitarist and a wonderful friend.”
Todd will be joining a Fuel roster that now includes original frontman Scallions, bassist Bra[lastfm]d Stewart[/lastfm] (also formerly of Shinedown) and drummer [lastfm]Ken Schalk[/lastfm] (formerly of [lastfm]Candiria[/lastfm]).
“Jasin is a great guitarist and a very talented songwriter,” Scallions says of the new recruit. “I know, I know. There’s more Shinedown on the stage than there is Fuel. I can’t wait to hear the jokes.”
The band will be kicking off a month-long string of tour dates on July 2 in Las Vegas.