Next to the enthusiasm about the new CD there is unfortunately also bad news to report. Earlier this year Ostrogoth guitarist Rudy 'WhiteShark' Vercruysse was diagnosed with liver cancer. Although the situation was very serious, there was initially an estimated life expectancy of two years.
WhiteShark started chemotherapy a few months ago and was able to play the summer festival shows in between the many hospital visits. WhiteShark was also present for the recordings of 'Last Tribe Standing' and everyone was looking forward to a very busy schedule for 2015. But in recent weeks the situation escalated fast, and the cancer was getting more grip on WhiteShark’s body. Last week, the doctors had to bring down drastically the earlier life expectancy of two years to "a few weeks".
Yesterday, Sharky gave everything he had to put on a great show, but the chances are that this was WhiteShark’s last show with Ostrogoth.
All scheduled shows for 2015 will go ahead as planned. WhiteShark has recently chosen his successor himself. More details on that later.
Some words from Whiteshark himself...
Thanks to all and everyone for the kind words. It’s a pleasure to read and to know you all support me somehow in this unfortunate situation.
I'm glad I was able to play the concert for Rockfactory on December 6th all through the end, which was my goal anyway. 2015 wil be without WhiteShark as a group member but my spirit will be among them forever and a day.