NEW YORK (Top40 Charts/ Michele Madden
Official Website) - MELDRUM vocalist Michele Madden
has issued the following statement on the passing of her bandmate, MELDRUM/ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, who died on May 21 as a result of a cystic growth that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain, rendering her braindead.
"My black heart is broken", comments singer Michele Madden, of the loss of her band mate and good friend Michelle Meldrum a little over 2 weeks ago. "It has taken me a while to get my head around all of this, but I wanted to thank all the fans of both Meldrum and Tourettes who have reached out to me over this horrible time. We are all so saddened, and I have been inundated with so much mail from those who were touched by Michelle that I have been unable to answer all of it. That's why I wanted to get this out, to let the fans know that it is gratefully received and that it means so much to me right now..."
Madden and her Meldrum band mates are still pushing forward putting the finishing touches on the new album to release later in the year. They decided that they will continue recording and touring as a unit, keeping the project name to honor their fallen band mate.
"I am angry and shattered that this unexpected tragedy had to happen to such a wonderful woman, and I am gonna use that in the songs. I am about to go into the studio with producer Rob Shallcross in Vancouver to get all the ends tied up. Its going to be one of the hardest things I have ever done but not doing it would be even harder."
Drummer Gene Hoglan is currently on tour with Dethklok, but Madden claims that they will coordinate and be in constant contact while she is in the studio.
To read Michele's eulogy that was read at Michelle Meldrum's memorial service on May 24, go to her live journal at www.michelemadden.com or go to the Meldrum website at www.meldrum.nu