PENNYWISE OFFICIALLY NAME ZOLI TEGLAS AS NEW LEAD SINGER   BAND CURRENTLY IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL   PENNYWISE EUROPEAN TOUR KICKS OFF THIS APRIL     South Bay (US) punk pioneers Pennywise have announced that Zoli Teglas of Orange County¹s Ignite, is the band¹s new and permanent lead singer.                                                                   After months of searching, the members of Pennywise announced that Ignite vocalist Zoli Teglas is now officially the new front man. Teglas, a longtime friend and tour mate, recently played a handful of So Cal shows with Pennywise, including the 2009 Smokeout Festival and a sold out Holiday Benefit concert for Amnesty International at Long Beach Arena. Teglas will join Pennywise on its upcoming European tour which kicks off this April.   Pennywise is currently at work on a new record, its first featuring the new lineup.   After the sudden departure of former singer Jim Lindberg, a member of Pennywise for 19 years, guitarist Fletcher Dragge called Teglas a ³natural choice² to take over vocal duties for the band. Bassist Randy Bradbury explains, ³What started out as a temporary position was just too good to put an end to. Zoli brings to the table a tremendous vocal ability, creativity, and a die hard work ethic. There is a bond that makes this change feel like it was simply meant to be, and considering the recent unfortunate events, having Zoli join the band is a well needed shot of positive energy.² Teglas was excited to take the stage with his friends, noting, "I'm stoked to be singing with Pennywise. I'm a huge fan of the band and am super grateful to share the stage with my long time friends Fletcher, Byron and Randy."   Calling it quits was never in the cards for the remaining members of Pennywise. ³We love this, we love going on the road,² Dragge explained to AP back in August ¹09. ³There's nothing more important to me than being on stage in front of our fans and having them sing our lyrics back at us and feel the energy. This has become so much bigger than just us as a band. It's become a family and a brotherhood of people that I feel depend on us. I'm still here to continue to deliver the message as are Byron and Randy. Our motto is to follow your dreams and pursue them. Don't waste time because if you're wasting time on something you're not into, then you're not living. We're going to go out there and have fun doing what we love until it stops being fun.   Pennywise is one of the most significant bands to emerge from Southern California¹s second wave of punk rock. Formed in 1988 in Hermosa Beach, California, Pennywise has released nine full-length studio albums; one live album; two extended plays; and one DVD. Their most recent studio effort, Reason to Believe, was released to over 500,000 fans for free through a limited offering from MySpace Records. The critically acclaimed album was also sold physically and digitally the world over. ³The Western World,² the first single from this watershed album, quickly became the most successful single of the band¹s storied career.   Founded when punk rock couldn¹t be less popular and hair bands were in fashion, Pennywise quickly developed a style entirely its own--a tsunami of California hardcore, melodic surf punk and optimistic anthems that went against the seek-and-destroy ethos of its era. ³We¹ve done things our own way,² Dragge points out, ³and we¹ve never taken no for answer. We¹ve been a punk band for 20 years, and we¹ve traveled the world and we¹ve had a lot of people tell us what we could and couldn¹t do. ŒTell me what we can¹t do, and I¹ll try twice as hard to do it.¹ That¹s the one thing this band has taught me: ŒIf you want it bad enough, you can have it.²    Pennywise European Tour Dates (w/ Strike Anywhere & Wilhelm Scream)   24-Apr                  B             Meerhout - Groezrock Festival 25-Apr                  D             Saarbrücken - Garage / RECONSTRUCTION Show! 26-Apr                  D             Hamburg - Markthalle with The Bouncing Souls  27-Apr                  D             Berlin - SO36 with The Bouncing Souls 28-Apr                  A             Vienna - Planet.TT/Gasometer info & tickets 30-Apr                  H             Budapest - Dürer Kert tickets / more tickets 01-May                 SLO        Maribor - Stuk tickets 02-May                 D             Munich - Werk tickets 03-May                 CH          Zurich - Dynamo 04-May                 F              Istres (Marseille) - L´Usine 06-May                 ESP         Barcelona - Sala Apolo 07-May                 ESP         Barakaldo - Sala Rockstar tickets 08-May                  F             Toulouse -Bikini 09-May                 F              Paris - Trabendo 11-May                 UK          Bristol - Academy tickets 12-May                 UK          Leeds - Academy tickets 13-May                 UK          Newcastle - Academy tickets 14-May                 UK          Glasgow - ABC tickets 15-May                 UK          Birmingham - Academy tickets 16-May                 UK          London - Shepherds Bush Empire tickets   For more information please visit:   
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