Vocalist Fabio Lione, who joined Rhapsody in 1995 - the band later became RHAPSODY OF FIRE - and recorded 11 studio albums with the band has parted ways with the band. He has released the following statement:
"Dear all, fans, promoters, colleagues. I anticipated this to all band members in the last 3 - 4 months and now I sadly announce my final decision to part ways with RHAPSODY OF FIRE. Ain't no words to describe what this band represents to me, and I'm proud to have been part of such a big chapter of the power metal bible.
"It's time for me to write a new chapter of my life, as a musician and as a man. I wish Rhapsody Of Fire all the best, may their magic go ahead stronger than ever.
"Thank you Alex and Holzy, for this 20 years, thanks you Roberto for your friendship, and Alessandro for your sincere attitude and honesty."
Fabio Lione will focus on his new band Eternal Idol, formed in early 2016. It marks the start of a new musical adventure for Fabio, together with the experienced Italian guitar player Nick Savio (ex-Hollow Haze) and a lineup completed by the young vocal rising star Giorgia Colleluori, Camillo Colleluori (both also from Hollow Haze) on drums and Andrea Buratto (Secret Sphere, Hell In The Club) on bass.