April 13, 2024
New era — Crashdïet announce new lead vocalist John Elliot and permanent drummer Michael Sweet

Press photo courtesy of Crashdïet

New era — Crashdïet announce new lead vocalist John Elliot and permanent drummer Michael Sweet

There are some major changes in the Crashdïet camp as singer Gabriel Keyes is being replaced by Confess lead vocalist John Elliot while long-time drummer Eric Young is being permanently replaced by Michael Sweet (not the Stryper frontman). Keyes handled the lead vocals on the albums Rust (2019) and Automaton (2022). Rust was voted by Sleaze Roxx readers as the number one album on the Sleaze Roxx Readers’ Top 20 Albums of 2019 while Automaton finished at #1 on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2022.

Press photo courtesy of Crashdïet

The following message was posted on Crashdïet‘s Facebook page earlier today:

“The time has come to enter the next chapter in the CRASHDÏET book of madness.

After much soul-searching, Gabriel has decided to leave the band to focus on other things in life.

We are shaken by his decision, but we respectfully wish him all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for the years he worked with us and his contribution to the last two studio albums.

Taking over the vocal duties will be none other than John Elliot. A good friend and excellent singer from the band Confess! He has the drive and the hunger to lead us into a promising future.

We also welcome Martin‘s brother, Michael, as the band’s permanent drummer! He has stepped in for Eric on countless shows since 2011 and is a natural fit for us. Now that Peter is back and full of energy, we can proudly announce the lineup of CRASHDÏET in 2024:

John Elliot
Martin Sweet
Peter London
Michael Sweet

See you on the long and winding road!


After six remarkable years with CRASHDÏET I find myself at the end of this path, times change and it’s time for me to change direction towards new challenges. I wanna thank all of you for the love, support, and memories that will forever be kept in the chamber of my pounding heart. I Love u all❤️

Goodbyes are never easy, especially this one. A big thanks to my brothers in Crashdiet for this crazy and wonderful ride!

We’ve shared a lot of great moments and some not as great as well (Hehe) and I will always be grateful that you gave me this opportunity❤️

I can assure you that the band will continue to deliver kick-ass shows and release great tunes! Especially with John Elliot behind the mic! Give him a well-deserved welcome and give the guys the support they need through these times of change! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

// Gabriel

Upcoming shows 2024:
MARCH 02-07 Monster of Rock Cruise, Miami, USA
MAY 10 Nordic Noise, Copenhagen, Denmark
MAY 11 WildFest, Belgium
AUG 10 Firevolt festival, U.K
AUG 30 Rethymno Rocks, Greece
SEP 05 Tampere, Finland
SEP 06 Turko, Finland
SEP 07 Helsinki Finland
SEP 13 Sinner Rock, Altengronau, Germany
SEP 14 Alvik Rock in Norway”

Crashdïet‘s “Together Forever” video (from Automaton album):

Crashdïet‘s “Shine On” video (from Automaton album):

Crashdïet‘s “Reptile” video (from Rust album):

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