Throughout the year, we've seen Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage) slowly become close with his old band again. First, we saw original and current vocalist Jesse Leach become mates with Jones after hanging out together in the studio for the first time, then word came that Howard dropped by the studio again to record some vocals for new Killswitch Engage material.
Now you can finally add a live duet to that list, because footage has surfaced of Jones jumping on stage with Leach and the rest of the band to perform 'The End Of Heartache' at the O2 in London a few days ago - and it sends absolute chills down our spine to watch. Jesse and Howard play off each other so well and Jones still sounds absolutely massive at the age of 48 (although we knew that with Light The Torch anyway). Check it out!
Jesse Leach posted to his Instagram about the event with a long message about his respect and solidarity for the past vocalist:
I challenge you to re post this and share this. If you are a media outlet then why not help spread some positivity today? First of all I’ve watched the members of Killswitch live above the nonsense that most all bands go through when dealing with parting ways with a band member. There weren’t headlines about their issues or personal brawls & disrespecting anyone’s character. They had their issues Howard had his & they parted ways. Here we are over 6 years after my return & I’ve seen those issues dissolve, be forgiven & friends reuniting behind the scenes. This level of respect & friendship is admirable & I’m honored to be a part of it. I wasn’t close to Howard during all of this & it wasn’t my business to talk about it. However now I consider Howard a friend. So I decided to shine light on the positive aspects of this history & relationship by extending a hand of solidarity & recognition. So I asked him to sing on a song for the new album (which he did) & now to join us on stage to sing a song with us. I understand we are different vocalists & some people have a preference. Hell prior to my vocal surgery I wasn’t sure about my vocal performances, it was rough. However I’ve learned a great deal since then not just about proper technique but about the power of words, music & having a voice. After having a second chance at this as a career I decided to use this voice for what it was intended for, to bring people together. I also feel I have to recognize all of the hard work Howard put in for 9 years with KSE. I am a fan of his work and now his friend & I want him to do well with his band @lightthetorchband and his career. THAT is what this is about, respect and solidarity, not division & comparison. Killswitch isn’t changing its line up & my ego or insecurities will not dictate how I carry myself in my career. My friends have overcome & forgiven so I take this opportunity to show my solidarity and respect for that. Support both bands, focus on the beauty of friendship and stop wasting time on comparison and a possibility that has no bearing on reality. Make this about what it is, the power of friendship, forgiveness, humility and respect! Music is Life! All hails!
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Note that this isn't exactly the first time the two have performed together, after they joined forces a decade ago to perform 'My Last Serenade' for the Roadrunner United: The Concert DVD.
We need more songs with these two guys singing together. Like, right now. We also recently tackled the impossible task of listing the five best Killswitch Engage tracks ('The End of Heartache' makes an appearance!).
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