Swedish power metal outfit Sabaton have announced the return of guitarist Thobbe Englund to the band, less than a month after the news of guitarist Tommy Johansson’s departure. Thobbe originally joined the band in April 2012 and left amicably in July 2016 in order to focus on his personal life. Now, he’s back into the fold.
Englund spoke of his return:
Words can’t express how ready and how excited I am to jump back into Sabaton. It feels like I was on a short holiday. The time is right, love is in the air and the best is yet to come!
Bassist and band manager Pär Sundström said:
This is a full-circle moment for Sabaton and we are beyond excited to have Thobbe rejoin the band. He’s a talented guitarist, songwriter and a kind guy who we have a lot of fun with. We didn’t even need to hold auditions with other guitar players. All that was needed was to spend New Year’s Eve together to know that the time was right for Thobbe’s return.
Frontman Joakim Brodén also shared:
This decision was a no-brainer for us as a band and for Thobbe. He knows the drill and is the perfect fit. This is a great outcome, and we think everyone is going to be psyched about the news! The time is right. Welcome back, brother!
Drummer Hannes Van Dahl added:
Who? Thobbe f***ng Englund, that’s who! The man is back! I’m happy to once again share the stage with one of my best friends! Welcome back, brother!
Guitarist Chris Rörland also shared:
I’m beyond excited and happy for the return of the king! We’ve had so many good times together, both on stage and off stage. It’s gonna be great to share the stage again. Welcome back and welcome home my brother! Love ya!
You can watch the announcement video below: