In a brand new interview with EonMusic , METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof spoke about the ill-fated reunion of the band's classic lineup for the 1999 "Masterpeace" album. He said: " 'Masterpeace' , which I like to call 'Disasterpeace' . The whole thing was a great idea, but when we tried to put together, it just didn't work. We got forced into doing some stuff, and, I swear, when we played Wacken [ Open Air festival in Germany] with [classic METAL CHURCH vocalist] David Wayne , the whole thing fell apart with having all the original members. They literally forced us into doing that, and I was telling the management and record company, 'Look, this is a bad, bad idea.' We played, and we sucked — I mean, it was horrible. I was, like, 'Fuck you . I told you, and I warned you that this is bad.'"
Asked why the reunion failed, Kurdt said: "Well, David Wayne couldn't sing anymore — he was fucked up on drugs; prescription drugs, because that's 'different.' It was fun to play with [fellow guitarist] John Marshall , but Kirk [ Arrington , drums] couldn't do it because of his health, and that's when I had to cut ties with Kirk . He didn't play, and he barely played on the record, and it took forever to get that done. It just didn't work. It was a horrible feeling. We did a tour and it was awful. We're still recovering from that now."
The guitarist added: "Literally, 'Masterpeace' , that era was when I decided I am never, never doing that again."
Wayne died in May 2005 from complications following a car crash. He was 47 years old.
Wayne sang on METAL CHURCH 's first two classic offerings (1984's "Metal Church" and 1986's "The Dark" ) before leaving the group and being replaced by Mike Howe . Wayne subsequently teamed up with members of HERETIC members to form REVEREND , with whom he released two full-length albums and a couple of EPs. He eventually rejoined METAL CHURCH in time for "Masterpeace" . A "solo" album (under the WAYNE banner), titled "Metal Church" followed in 2001.
Howe , who fronted METAL CHURCH from 1988 until 1994, officially rejoined the band in April 2015.