SOTO — the metallic hard rock group led by namesake vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, W.E.T.) — has announced the addition of bassist Tony Dickinson (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA).
Dickinson — who co-wrote a pair of songs that appeared on previous SOTO releases — replaces David "Dave Z" Zablidowsky, who died last year in a roadside accident while touring with ADRENALINE MOB.
"It was the one and only natural choice for us after losing our brother David in the horrific accident last year," Soto wrote in a statement. "[Tony] is phenomenally talented, and a great friend. He will fit right in with us, and I cannot wait for more of his contributions as we move the band forward!"
SOTO, which also includes Jorge Salan (guitar), Edu Cominato (drums) and BJ (keys/guitar), has released two albums to date via earMUSIC/Edel — 2015's "Inside The Vertigo" and the following year's "Divak". The group is currently working on material for its as-yet-untitled third album, which is on track to be released in 2019.
According to manager Christopher Hines of Optical Sound, "We have yet to decide if we'll release the new SOTO album independently or with a label. This will be confirmed in the coming months as the material starts generating from the band."
SOTO was formed in 2014 when Jeff Scott Soto realized how much he missed the "heavier side" of his career after fronting artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, TALISMAN and JOURNEY, and even his own solo albums.
For more information, visit SotoTheBand.com.