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Aug 14, 04
First practice with the new members of the band. It was awesome and the energy was great! Some of the ByFist Followers were there and couldn't stop banging their heads. The band interaction with Brendon and Tethered Eagle was like none we had felt in a long time.
 
Oct 29: ByFist will be Metal Church's guest at Sam's Burger Joint,San Antonio TX, ! Be There!

Aug 11, 04
Tethered Eagle joins the ranks of Byfist
This powerful vocalist hails out of Los Angeles.  Brought to ByFist by way of his vision, his unique style has been compared to Halford meets Dio.  Formally with Roaring Tribesmen, Tethered Eagle (a/k/a "Preacher" -- a name given to him by his biker brothers) has also performed with Mandy Lion’s WWIII and Mad Whip Thunder. This badass indigenous screamer with Native drapings and ancestral chants is now ByFist’s fifth element.   ByFist is ready to ROCK!

Aug 07, 04
“Tethered Eagle,” formerly of the Roaring Tribesman out of California, has been drafted as the new singer for ByFist. A true Native American and tribe member, he brings an influence from Rob Halford, DIO, and combines his vocals with distinctive Native American chants.  ByFist is ready to ROCK!

Jun 09, 04
Jess Returns with a vengeance and ready to Rock!

Jun 04, 04
Bassist joins ByFist! Brendon, formerly of the band Left, from Texas, has joined the ranks of the "Metal Prophets."
A fresh extraordinary bassist brings a unique blend of current heavy metal bass riffs with awesome hardcore bass slaps.  He’s an all-around damn magnificent bass player.
 

05-02-'04
BYFIST DRUMMER JESS VARA WAS INJURED IN A HEADON COLLISION LAST SUNDAY NIGHT. VARA WAS TRAVELING AS A PASSENGER IN A LATE MODEL PICKUP WHEN IT WENT OUT OF CONTROL AND SLAMMED HEADON INTO THE SIDE OF AN EMBANKMENT. VARA SUFFERED SUBSTANTIAL INJURIES AND WILL BE OUT OF THE BYFIST LINEUP FOR A MINIMUM OF 3 MONTHS. DAVEY LEE WAS CONTACTED FOR COMMENT AND HAD THIS TO SAY. " WE ARE THANKFUL THAT JESS IS STILL ALIVE AS IT COULD HAVE EASILY GONE THE OTHER WAY, I TALKED WITH HIM YESTERDAY AND EVEN THOUGH HE HAS TO RE COOPERATE FROM HIS INJURIES HE WAS OVERALL IN GOOD SPIRITS" IN AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE BAND RON TRAVEISO FROM THE BAND IGNITER WILL FILL IN FOR THE REST OF THE TOUR DATES OR UNTIL JESS IS ABLE TO COME BACK.

01/07/04
BYFIST was busy in December with shows every weekend up til just before Christmas.
We played two shows at the Silver bullet and then a BIG show at Randy's Rodeo with 
several local bands, Reverend, and the Rick Sanford Project
Davey, Notch and Jessie did double duty playing back to back, first with BYFIST and then
with David Wayne and Reverend.
  Everybody had a great time even though some of the band and several of the road crew
were stricken with that nasty flu that was hitting everybody. We took a couple weeks off
for the Holidays and to bring out and polish up a couple tunes from  some of the old
albums.
   Davey threw one helluva New Years Eve party and a good time was definitely had by all.
 
   January is going to be busy again.We're starting off January 9 with a show at Tejano,
South Military at Bynum. San Antonio.  SA Sanctuary, Ghost Rider and of course BYFIST
will be playing.Show starts at 8 PM
   Next week we'll be doing two shows back to back at Sam's Burger Joint
On Broadway at Grayson in San Antonio. The 16th is our show with Seven Witches
and the 17th is the Texas Metal Health benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Doors open at 7 and the bands include Against The Wire, Left, Lovecraft, BYFIST,
Doctura, and Uneven.
  Bookings are coming in already for February, March and April so keep your eyes
on this page for the latest. And of course the Upcoming European tour in June.
  

05-11-03
BYFIST who feature DAVEY LEE and NACHO VARA
formerly of DAVID WAYNES REVEREND have announced
the following tourdates.

Nov 21, 2003 Sams Rock club w/ Mindcrime from Houston
             San Antonio, Texas

Nov 28, 2003 Club Amnesia w/ Beyond the Black
             San Antonio, Texas

Dec 12, 2003 Randy's Ballroom
             w/ The Rick Sanford Project
             (vox of the band LEGS DIAMOND)
             San Antonio, Texas

More shows to be announced. For more information go to
www.Byfist.com  www.Davey-Lee.com and
www.Metalagesrecords.com
 

16-10-'03
BYFIST who feature in their ranks DAVEY LEE and NACHO
VARA formally of David Waynes REVEREND have been added
to Houston's MINDCRIME San Antonio Show November 21,
2003 at Sams Rock Club. MIndcrime is fronted by
ex-POWER OF OMEN vocalist Chris Salinas and is
becoming quite popular as a QUEENSRYCHE tribute band.
Look for BYFIST's " PRESERVING THE PAST " new album on
Metalages Records to be released very soon. For more
information go to www.Byfist.com or www.Davey-Lee.com
and www.MetalagesRecords.com.

26-08-'03
BYFIST who feature in their ranks DAVEY LEE and NACHO
VARA formely of Seattle's REVEREND have announced the
following dates for their upcoming Texas Tour.

Sept 14,03 - Houston, with SHADOWKEEP from England
             Venue - 19th Hole Rock Club
Sept 19,03 - San Antonio with SHADOWKEEP from England
             Venue - Sam's Rock Club
Oct 17,03 -  Corpus Christi
             Veneu - Zero's Rock Club

More dates will be posted as they become confirmed.
For more info go to www.Byfist.com
www.Metalagesrecords.com  and www.Davey-Lee.com

16-08-'03
BYFIST's " GUARANTEED DEATH " single now available at
www.Byfist.com. ready for download.
A 1 song teaser of Ass Kickin Power Metal delivered to
you from DAVEY LEE and NACHO VARA formely of Seattle's
REVEREND. This song was written for the new REVEREND
album but as you know David Wayne disbanded REVEREND
to pursue another project. This is as close as it gets
to what the new REVEREND album would have sounded
like.
While your there please leave a message for the band
and sign our guestbook. Look for BYFIST'S new album
available in September 2003 " PRESERVING THE PAST " on
Metalage Records.

26-07-'03
Well hello my Metal Brethrens, just a note to update
you on this weeks happenings.  As you may or maynot
know David Wayne has disbanded REVEREND so that
he can'pursue another project. Nacho and I kind of expected
it since very little progress had been made on the new
REVEREND album. In talking with Jay(Rev Bassist) he
felt like little to no progress was being made and
expected it also. But on the flipside this may be a
blessing in disguise, we have been so busy with BYFIST
that we have had little time for anything else. We are
now able to go full force and take care of business at
hand. I talked with the record company
(METALAGES RECORDS) yesterday and told them what was
going on and needless to say they were happy that we
will be able to devout all the time necessary on
touring and getting people turned on to the "BYFIST"
metal machine. If you have not requested your copy of
BYFIST's Adrenalin CD please do,once the
record(PRESERVING THE PAST) is released it will no
longer be available for free.
To request your cd go to SabaRecords2000@yahoo.com
and leave your address and one will be sent to you
immediatly. Please vist www.Byfist.com and
www.Davey-Lee.com  and www.MetalagesRecords.com for
more information. Metal Rules !!!!! \nn/

15-07-'03
Hey you Metalheads out there, just a quick report on
what's going on in the BYFIST camp. We have been
having kickass rehersals, and have been writing new
material that simply shreds. In the last few months we
have been writing, recording, and just enjoying the
whole feel of our music. We will be going back to the
studio this week to do the final mixing and mastering
on a few tunes that we are going to try and get on the
album that we have coming out " Preserving the Past "
on MetalAges Records, hopefully within the next 30
days. Now that we have worked in Rob Steele (vox) we
will be puting together a small Texas tour , and then
an Eastcoast tour . We probably won't get out to
Europe this year especially since it is very hard to
travel with the war just ending. Many places in Europe
are not welcoming Americans right now and it is not
safe to travel. But all you Europeon Metalheads just
be patient we will be there before you know it and
give you the ass kicking of your life. We really
appreciate everyones support and we will continue to
hold the Metal FLAG high and with pride. We will be
posting on a regular basis on what we are up to, so
besure and checkback periodically at www.Byfist.com
and www.MetalagesRecords.com
Davey Lee

26-06-03
BYFIST "BADBOY" ROB STEELE SPENDS 6 NIGHTS IN THE COOLER !!!!!
BYFIST Vocalist Rob Steele was pulled over Thursday
night by the San Antonio Police Department for a
routine check when it was discovered that there was an
outstanding warrant for his arrest for unpaid traffic
tickets. He was hauled off to jail and after meeting
with the judge was given 6 nights in jail to satisfy
his fines. Rob Steele had this to say " I tried to get
a hold of Davey or Nacho, but just my luck they were
nowhere to be found, so I made the best of it. When I
finally got a hold of Davey and Nacho they told me
they figured that is what happened but weren't sure
being that I went to the coast for some fun. Nacho did
say though "at least Rob didn't end up as Shark bait".
For more info go to www.Byfist.com or
www.metalagesrecords.com


03-06-2003
BYFIST'S LONG AWAITED NEW ALBUM " PRESERVING THE PAST
" which features Davey Lee and Nacho Vara of Seattle's
REVEREND will be out on Metalages Records. Currently
the songs are being re-mastered along with brand new
art and full lyrics. The WAIT is almost over!!
Straight Forward POWER METAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!
For more info on BYFIST go to www.Metalages.com and
www.Byfist.com - BYFIST YOU WON'T REGRET IT !!!!!

22-04-2003
BYFIST have had to reschedule
their San Antonio show due to an unfortunate death of
the owner of the club. Sources report that the owner
of the San Antonio Club BOND'S 007 suffered a massive
heart attack and died at the club. All shows scheduled
at the club  are cancelled until further notice.
Future BYFIST shows will be posted as they are
confirmed.

01-04-'03
Texas Metalheads BYFIST featuring Davey Lee and Nacho
Vara of Seattle's REVEREND will unleash their new
lineup with Rob Steele (Bitter Harvest),
Jess Vara (Byfist)and Jay Wegener (Reverend,Heir
Apparent)April 26, 2003 at the Bonds 007 club in San
Antonio, Texas for a night of pure headbanging metal.
Also on the bill will include Divine Ruins, Ancient
Rites, and Blind Sacrifice.

15-03-03.Lineup change!
ROB STEELE has replaced DANNY FONSECA
on the vocal front.
ROB STEELE  sounds like a cross between
KING DIAMOND and ROB HALFORD
with a bit of GEOFF TATE.
Davey Lee said: We auditioned him
and he just blew us away!
 

Newsflash!!BYFIST RECRUITS NEWEST MEMBER !!!!!!
Texas Metalheads BYFIST featuring DAVEY LEE and NACHO VARA of Seattle's REVEREND would like to welcome JAY WEGENER from Seattle, WA, as the newest member of BYFIST.
Jay is currently the bassist for "REVEREND"
and ex-bassist from Metal Blades " HEIR APPARENT " .
Currently a REVEREND/BYFIST Europeon tour is in the
works for the summer by the Blackrose Foundation in
Holland. In addition BYFIST's new album
" PRESERVING THE PAST " is scheduled for a March 2003
release through Metalage Records while REVEREND's new
album yet to be titled should also be out by summer.
For information go to www.Byfist.com and
www.Reverend.cx

15/01/2003
Texas Metalheads BYFIST featuring DAVEY LEE and NACHO
VARA of Seattle's REVEREND have signed a Management
Contract with the BLACKROSE FOUNDATION in The
Netherlands for exclusive representation for all
present and future dealings in Europe. The Foundation
was so impressed with Davey Lee and Nacho Vara that
they just had to be involved with this guitar duo. Rob
Hilgers Chairman of the Blackrose Foundation had this
to say " We are very serious about manageing BYFIST
and thank them for this opportunity."
In response Davey Lee said that it was really good
working with the foundation on the last Europeon tour
and that you couldn't find a better team to work with.

" Everyone here is dedicated to keep metal alive and
we want to be part of it" The BlackRose Foundations
first order of business will be to get BYFIST booked
all over Europe in as many major festivals as
possible.

01/14/2003
An agreement has been met and immediatley the Blackrose Foundation
will handle all europeon affairs of Byfist EXCLUSIVELY!

HOT FROM THE PRESS........
01/08/2003 BYFIST - featuring Davey Lee and Nacho Vara of Seattle's REVEREND have been approached by the BLACKROSE FOUNDATION in The Netherlands to manage all of BYFIST's affairs in Europe. Terms of the contract are still in negoiation. Details will be posted as they are finalized. For information regarding BYFIST or REVEREND go to : Byfist1.Tripod.com  and www.Reverend.cx

NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/04/2002 - Davey Lee and Nacho Vara will be performing at the Black Rose Festival in EUROPE(The Netherlands) and The 5th Annual Metal Mafia Festival in Germany with REVEREND. They will leave on December 2, 2002 and return around the 16th.
10/21/2002 - BYFIST has been selected to appear on the German magazine " Heavy Odor Was " Metal Crusader Compilation Disc. The song chosen was " Mary Celeste " according to Martin Brandt from the magazine these discs come out twice a year and have a circulation of over 40,000 cds.
10/19/2002-MetalAges Records in Virginia will be releasing 10 Byfist recordings from 1987 to current, the album will be entitled " Preserving the Past "
10/06/2002-The song " Mary Celeste" from BYFIST's Adrenalin album will be featured on the 2002 ProgPower compilation record.
More details will be posted as they become available.

BYFIST have announced the addition of MICHAEL J. SANDOVAL on Drums immediately. Jesse Vara (drums) has decided to pursue other musical interests. BYFIST wishes Jesse all the luck on his future endeavors.
BYFIST is currently in the studio putting the final touches on their long awaited album " Fall of the Nation"

To learn more about BYFIST go to any search engine such as Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc. Type in BYFIST, hit search and access hundred's of sites with information about BYFIST + MP3's, tour information, reviews etc. Find out what metalheads all over the world are talking about.

BYFIST's " ADRENALIN " EP was recorded at the Silver Cloud Studios in Burbank, Ca and was produced by David Wayne formally of Metal Church and engineered by Joe Floyd of Warrior.For your FREE copy e-mail your request to:
SabaRecords2000@yahoo.com.

If anyone is interested in BYFIST merchandise, T-shirts, stickers, videos, etc e-mail your request to SABA RECORDS

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