Life Of Agony has announced that the band will perform in Europe this August, the first show since the group's lead singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo) came out as transgender in 2011. The show will take place at Belgium's Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival with Marilyn Manson on Friday, August 8th. The River Runs Red line-up, rounded out by guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert and drummer Sal Abruscato are excited to take the stage together once again after a three-year hiatus.
"We've helped so many people around the world cope with their emotional struggles through our music, it was time to get back out there," said Robert, regarding the group's decision to reunite for the upcoming show. "Our songs connect with people on an emotional level because they were written out of real pain and hardship. It doesn't matter if you're white, black, blue, green, gay, straight, trans or whatever. Our fans know it comes from a real place and have stood by us. We've always worn our hearts on our sleeves. That is just who we are and that is something that will never change."
All four Life Of Agony band members have kept busy with other projects since their last performances together a few years ago. Mina Caputo released a solo album titled As Much Truth As One Can Bear with the help of a successful Indiegogo campaign. Joey Z continued to produce albums for several recording artists around the globe. Alan Robert released his third, award-winning horror graphic novel Killogy (IDW Publishing) and Sal Abruscato's band A Pale Horse Named Death recorded its sophomore album Lay My Soul To Waste (SPV Records).
In 2010, Life Of Agony celebrated its twenty-year anniversary with 20 Years Strong (I Scream Records), a concert CD/DVD recorded live in Brussels, Belgium where the band performed their debut album River Runs Red in front of a sold-out capacity crowd.