SACRED OATH MAKE NOT ONE, BUT TWO LINEUP CHANGES FOR 2022
Traditional power-thrashers, Sacred Oath, have announced that they are continuing in 2022 without bassist Brendan Kelleher and guitarist Bill Smith.
Brendan Kelleher, who has played with the band since 2009, made his exit last month after informing management that the demands of his new career as a stuntman for AMP Action Films/SAG-AFTRA made it impossible for him to continue performing with Sacred Oath. He has been replaced by Scott Waite, who was previously the band’s bassist from 2007-2009. Scott toured in both Europe and America with Sacred Oath, appeared on the studio album Sacred Oath, and the live album Till Death Do Us Part recorded at Keep It True Festival IX.
Bill Smith, who has been struggling with personal issues the last several years, sat down with management last month and came to a mutual decision that he would step down indefinitely. He will not be replaced at this time and the band will continue in 2022 as a four-piece.
An official statement from the band: “Though Brendan and Bill will be missed, we parted as good friends. The last two years have been difficult for everyone involved. We thrived as a four-piece for most of the last 35 years, and our focus now is clearer than it has been, thankfully. It’s an exciting time to be in Sacred Oath.”
The current lineup is Rob Thorne, Kenny “Thundarr” Evans, Damiano Christian, and Scott Waite.