2005 – Drummer Mike Chiplin leaves UK metallers Lostprophets to “pursue other musical opportunities”.
Alternative-Metal band formed in the Cardiff satellite town of Pontypridd, WALES, in 1997, by drummer Ian Watkins and guitarist Mike Lewis; when drummer Mike Chiplin and guitarist Lee Gaze joined, Watkins took over vocal duties and Lostprophets were ready to go.
After recording a couple of demo-discs that landed them a contract with Visible Noise, the quartet relocated to London where they bolstered the band’s line-up with the addition of bassist Stuart Richardson and keyboardist+turntablist Jamie Oliver; in the middle of the summer of 2000, Lostprophets released its debut full-length, “The Fake Sound Of Progress”, the group supported it by touring with other NuMetal acts such as Linkin Park, Taproot and Deftones.
They signed to Columbia in the United States where the album was re-released a year later and broke into The Billboard Top 200 chart; the single track, “Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja”, entered the top 40 of The Modern Rock chart.
During 2003 the crew set a promotional tour that included an appearance at Big Day Out in Australia and several live performances in Europe, eventually, Lostprophets ended the year recording its second effort “Start Something”; the album was released in February 2004 and smashed into the top 40 of The Billboard 200 chart, the main single, “Last Train Home”, hit #1 on The Modern Rock chart; “Make A Move” and “I Don’t Know” reached respectively the #9 and #19 spots in the same chart.
“Liberation Transmission” is the Lostprophets’ highly anticipated new album; working with highly-regarded producer Bob Rock, the band have created a collection of 12 hard-hitting hook-filled modern Rock anthems including the hit song “Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)”.