Before joining KREATOR, Leclercq rose to fame with UK based extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE, for whom he handled bass duties from 2005 until recently.
Commented Leclercq: “Joining KREATOR is an honour as well as a huge step up in my musical journey. I’ve been friends with Mille for over 15 years and a lifelong KREATOR fan; I have to pinch myself every day to believe that I’m now a part of one of the best and most influential bands in the genre. I look forward to the many adventures ahead and getting well acquainted with the legendary KREATOR Hordes!”
Added Mille Petrozza, KREATOR’s singer and guitarist: “Firstly, we would like to say thank you to Speesy for his time in Kreator over the last 25 years – we have accomplished so much, and I sincerely wish him the best in his future! A new chapter for KREATOR beckons; Bienvenue Frederic Leclercq! Fred represents a new focus and hunger within Kreator and we’re extremely excited to have him a part of the KREATOR family – not only is he an exceptional musician but a great human being which made the decision to have him join the band very easy! We begin in Chile and continue on to some explosive years ahead!”
The band recently announced the “State Of Unrest” European co-headlining tour with label mates LAMB OF GOD, which will mark Leclercq’s first tour as the band’s new bass player.
See tour dates below.
LAMB OF GOD | KREATOR
Support: POWER TRIP
27.03.2020 SE – Stockholm, Fryshuset Arenan
28.03.2020 DK – Copenhagen, Forum Black Box
30.03.2020 FI – Oulu, Teatria
31.03.2020 FI – Helsinki, Ice Hall Black Box
02.04.2020 PL – Kraków, Tauron Arena
03.04.2020 DE – Berlin, Columbiahalle
04.04.2020 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
05.05.2020 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
07.04.2020 CH – Zurich, Samsung Hall
08.04.2020 DE – Munich, Zenith
09.04.2020 DE – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
11.04.2020 DE – Hamburg, Sporthalle
14.04.2020 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
15.04.2020 ES – Madrid, La Riviera
17.04.2020 FR – Paris, L’Olympia
18.04.2020 DE – Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle
19.04.2020 BE – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
21.04.2020 UK – Bristol, O2 Academy Bristol
22.04.2020 UK – Manchester, Manchester Academy
23.04.2020 UK – Glasgow, O2 Academy Glasgow
24.04.2020 UK – Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham
25.04.2020 UK – London, O2 Academy Brixton
KREATOR released their latest album, “Gods Of Violence“, in early 2017, marking the band’s highest charting effort worldwide. Since then the band has been touring the globe relentlessly.