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Oni Logan May or May Not Have Just Quit Lynch Mob

Amongst the thousands of unread emails, a note with the subject line "A message from LYNCH MOB & DIO DISCIPLE vocalist Oni Logan" caught my eye. My eyes got wider and wider as I kept reading. See, Oni sort of, but didn't exactly, quit the band yesterday. Read the note and let me know what you think:

"A note to all Lynch Mob listeners,

The Lynch Mob is on hiatus, for how long? I don't know. Without getting long winded, truth is I haven't left Lynch Mob, I'm just taking the time in pursuing other projects that I would like to be a part of. I'm sure we'll regroup somewhere down the road.

Other projects... One being The Dio Disciples US tour dates that start on October 20th at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA as a guest vocalist. I had been asked by the band to join them in paying homage to Dio's music and legacy. I have many great memories of Ron, I first met him in 1989 in West Palm Beach Florida, we had spoken for a couple of hours back stage which led to the bar, by the end of the night I told him that I was interested in coming out to California to catch the dream. His answer was, "well, come to LA then," as easy as that, I couldn't help but chuckle as to how easy he made the journey appear to me but I did, I took his advice, it had been one of the best pieces of advice anyone has ever given me. As fate would have it, we would become family friends in sharing Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas holidays as well as Halloween and New Years Eve party's together, sort of surreal to think about it now, he always was such a great host and organized the best New Years Eve party's every year, those were and still are some great memories.

Ron had such a great quality in how he was able to engage with people, no matter who you were he always made you feel like you were the only person in the room, I believe this had been one of the reason why his arms had reached so many people across the globe. It's an honor to have been asked to represent a friend's legacy and music, I truly believe he would have wanted his songs to continue being celebrated in all four corners of the globe through his fans, fellow musicians, friends and family and loyal band members... we'll all keep on singing his songs." - Oni Logan


Sure sounds like a goodbye letter to me. At any rate, there's more to this story. I guess we'll wait and see how it plays out.

Reader Comments (17)

Oni's pulled this crap w/ Lynch Mob before. More than once.
3rd strike, you're OUT. Come to think of it, he pulled this stunt pre-Lynch Mob, when he was in Marc Ferarri's band, Cold Sweat.

He's got just an OK, if somewhat weak voice. Just replace him & be done with it. Lots of people won't even notice.
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Ace -- honestly, I gotta agree. I could never figure the modest success this guy attained.

To your "weak" comment, I've always felt the same way about his chops or lack thereof.

Still, Logan sounds like a nice guy and you know what they say about those. HOWEVER, that being said, he seems to have been a true and very close friend to DIO and it is probably only fitting that he participate in paying tribute to the man, even if his renditions can only be distant approximations of the original vocal heroics of the legend and the man who will forever be known only as DIO!
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Ace, Just replace him & be done with it. - Agreed!!
Metalboy, Logan sounds like a nice guy.. HOWEVER:
I like this line up..
Lynch Mob w/ Marq Torien/Brian Tichy/James LoMenzo
Wicked Sensation
Hell Child
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
again?!? this is a ongoing saga with him.
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlou
Wasn't Lynch Mob on hold anyway since Robbie Crane left last we..? Or is that not public yet..?
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRock-It
last week.. is what I meant... To be honest Oni never did much for me anyway. Never been a big Lynch Mob fan.
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRock-It
I always liked Lynch Mob and thought they would have been huge if they would have come into existence a few years earlier. Got to see them for the first time last year on the MOR cruise and really enjoyed it. Only complaint about that show was that they played a lot of songs off their latest release which I didn't own (not their fault....but mine). Anyway, hope Oni stays with them, but glad I got to see him and George together at least once. I know George has a lot of other stuff going on right now too, which also could be driving this decision.
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternc rocker
Speaking of break-ups/reunions....did anyone else see the facebook message (think it came from the Hair Nation facebook) about Sebastian and Snake? Can't forward it from my work email, but who knows....maybe we will see them together again too.
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternc rocker
NC Rocker

I saw the tweet that Sab put out with the photo of him and Snake. I'm skeptical on all that, tho (for obvious reasons).

- Allyson
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Just when you start defending someone (the EP), they go and do it all over again. I mean no ill will to Logan (even if I have picked a bone or two with his antics in the past), and I do hope he isn't losing his long-standing battle with "issues."

But I am starting to wonder: is there any--I mean, any--truth to Dokken's claims about Lynch? He has repeated them recently while touting this "last album" line of his (and switching the genre of the music he plans to pursue). Mick Brown will still work with him (off and on), Pilson was willing to do it, at least in theory. It seems to come down to Dokken's ego and . . . it has me wondering. With all of Lynch's talent, he has never been able to assemble a consistent line-up.

Pure and simple conjecture on my part. People already know I still like Dokken. And now you know that I admire Lynch as well. I just wonder if the hype machine, and Dokken's own tendency to pity/glorify himself, played into a perception that placed too much blame on him and not enough on Lynch.

PS: A classic SR reunion would be great, even if it comes a few year too late (though the festivals and clubs, and some supporting shows, still beckon).
October 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Oni certainly makes me wonder...but in this day and age I can certainly understand that you want and probably need the 'better' gig...not like every band is selling our arenas, you know? Maybe this would be a good Corabi gig?
October 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJAT
I think this has to do with George doing the T&N thing while everyone else is left holding their junk. The new EP is terrific and I was looking forward to a full album. On TMS George said it was supposed to be out in November but if T&N is coming out this month it would be stupid to compete with yourself so closely.
Quick aside, if you go to Amazon you can listen to snippets of the album. Eh.
While this announcement may scream of LSD, lead singers disease, I think it may have been born out of frustration. Plus he helps gets the word out about him being with Dio Disciples.
October 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
Corabi and Lynch would be monstrous, JAT!
October 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
From a purely logistical point of view, I think Scott is spot on. Great insight into the situation, considering all the activity surrounding T&N.
October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim
That and many others' observations that Logan is mediocre, at best. Lynch deserves better on his natural talent and wizardry alone.
October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I heard an interview with Don Dokken about three weeks ago (on E.Trunk's friday night show) and he came out and said T&N was done as was Lynch Mob. He said Oni quit. NOt sure how much truth there was to what he said but here we go again....

I love me some Oni Logan so I wish him success in whatever he does, however, I'm thinking the problem has been George all along.

I just read today that George is starting another band project with Ray Luzier and Doug Pinnick. Great that he has so many creative outlets but seriously, does the man ever finish what he starts???

October 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkari
File this under: No one will read it.

My issues with Logan as a performer are well-documented. But the whole idea of him playing with DD got me thinking. I couldn't picture what that would sound like (and I have mixed feelings about DD in general, even as I enjoy a lot of the artists in the band).

So I went and took a look online:!

That just doesn't sound right at all. And his persona on stage mirrors some of the worst excess of his past as well. It is, to be blunt, a perfect storm of over-selling and under-performing, thinking you are Plant and acting like Wolf (and that is a bit harsh regarding Wolf).

Just thought I would share.
October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim

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