Terry Balsamo, guitarist for may-be-defunct-but-depends-who-you-ask band Cold, has left his former band and joined up with multi-platinum-selling rockers Evanescence on a permanent basis. Evanescence's Amy Lee spilled the beans to Australia's UndercoverNews.com, saying, "[It is] better than I ever expected...Terry's an insane guitar player with awesome stage presence. He has a good personality and he's down to earth and on top of all that stuff, he's a great writer and he's done a lot of great writing. I didn't really realize when we first brought him into the band, so all around, Terry is one of the best decisions we've made."
Balsamo joined Evanescence on a temporary basis back in October when original guitarist Ben Moody abruptly abandoned his bandmates in the midst of a European Tour last year.
Lee also decided to talk about the future of Cold. She said, "They could hire another guitar player and continue, but I'm pretty sure that their lead singer (Scooter Ward) is in and out of rehab and having real problems. He has been for a long time and I don't think they're going to be making another record. Terry was in a situation also where their band was very unhappy, so I think we came together on a common ground."
Don't get your undies in a bunch just yet Cold fans (if there are any of you left). The band's management told Launch.com, "Cold is NOT over. Look for a new single soon."