UK drummer Luke Johnson is the chosen one by Lostprophets to replace Ilan Rubin, after Ilan left the band to join Nine Inch Nails.
Luke says "I have played drums for over 20 years now and all I have ever strived for is to play music and be able to dedicate my time unconditionally to it! I finally feel like I am in a position to really make some big steps forward in my career and I hope that I am able to contribute a positive drive to Lostprophets. It's really amazing to work with likeminded people who are on the same page! I am excited about the release of the new record. Big things are to come very soon!"
The new record, Lostprophets forth studio album, is entitled The Betrayed, and is due for release in January 2010. The first single, "It's Not the End of the World But I Can See It from Here," is due to be released in October. Fans will no doubt get a chance to hear the new material when the band headline the NME/Radio 1 Tent at this year's UK Reading/Leeds Festival, where Luke will make his live debut in the company of 80,000 festival goers.
Luke, who joined the family of Zildjian Artists in June 2009, says "I am proud to play Zildjian cymbals. They are the first cymbals I ever played, and they are only cymbals I ever want to play! Nothing else compares!"
Luke's current Lostprophets set-up is below...but don't be surprised to see some heavier and bigger crashes on his kit for Reading and Leeds!
Left to right from behind the kit:
18" A Custom Rezo Crash
15" K Hi Hats
19" A Custom Rezo Crash
20" A Custom Rezo Crash
21" A Sweet Ride
19" A Custom Crash
Check out www.lostprophets.com for more.