The Rasmus Announce New Guitarist To Replace Pauli Rantasalmi

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The Rasmus shared a post in their official Instagram account and announced that the guitarist Pauli Rantasalmi, who decided to leave the band a short time ago, has been replaced by Emilia ‘Emppu’ Shonen.

The Rasmus released their latest studio album, ‘Dark Matters,’ in 2017, and although they said that they have been working on new music, there is no sign of a possible release anytime soon. As the band recently announced, they will embark on an extensive world tour with their new lineup in the fall of 2022.

A few days ago, the band shared Pauli Rantasalmi’s announcement on his decision to leave the Rasmus from their Instagram account. Pauli stated that he is looking for new challenges in his music career but didn’t forget to thank all the fans for their endless support. He also expressed his gratefulness to his bandmates, with whom he performed for years.

Here is how Pauli Rantasalmi announced his departure:

“I have decided to make my departure from the band and seek new adventures and challenges in life. I want to thank everybody that has made this journey possible, especially all you amazing fans, for the best moments and memories. I love you.

I’m eternally thankful to my band brothers for everything and wish the best from the bottom of my heart. Lauri, Aki, and Eero, I love you. Music lives forever! This is not the end, it’s just time to turn the page.

In their recent Instagram post, the band informed the fans that their new single named ‘Jezebel’ will be released on Monday. They also stated that they will be performing to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, and they invited the fans to watch their final performance live. After this exciting news, they introduced the band’s new member Emppu, who has replaced Pauli Rantasalmi.

The Rasmus’ Instagram post read:

“We release the single ‘Jezebel’ on Monday. Desmond Child helped us write and produce it. Legendary! We have a new member in the band, please welcome Emppu! We compete in UMK, Finlands bid for Eurovision. Watch the live UMK final on Saturday, February 26 at 9 pm on Yle TV1 and Yle Areena! Pre-save Jezebel now.”

You can check out the photo the Rasmus posted with their new band member below.

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Photo Credit: The Rasmus – Instagram