When Shinedown hit the UK later this month it will be with a slightly different line up.

Current guitarist Zach Myers is taking over the role of lead guitarist with immediate effect. Myers will be replacing Nick Perri who is leaving to explore other projects.

“I’d like to thank Nick for touring with us over the past year,” commented lead singer Brent Smith. “I wish Nick the best in his future endeavours. That being said, I’m pleased Zach is taking over Nick’s role in the group. Zach is one of the most phenomenal guitarists I know. We’re looking forward to all the upcoming touring we’ll be doing this year.”

Perri himself adds: “Brent offered me an incredible opportunity, one that I am grateful for, one that I have never taken for granted, and one that I will always cherish. The truth is, however, after 10 months something inside of me just doesn't feel right. This is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the band, our amazing crew, or inspiring team at In De Goot management and Atlantic Records. They have ALL made me feel welcome, and for that I thank them. On a final note I wanted to thank my brothers, Brent, Barry, Zach, and Eric. You guys are the best musicians I've ever known, and are inspiring both onstage and off.”

New Shinedown single ‘The Sound Of Madness’ is out in the UK on February 23, with the band playing these shows in support:

Wed 21, London Islington Academy
Thu 22, Birmingham Bar Academy
Fri 23, Glasgow King Tuts
Sun 25, Manchester Academy