Sabaton have announced that former guitarist Thobbe Englund is rejoining the band, replacing his replacement, Tommy Johansson, who left the band last month.
Thobbe originally joined Sabaton in April 2012 and recorded two studio albums, 2014’s ‘Heroes’ and 2016’s ‘The Last Stand’, before quitting the band prior to the latter’s release to pursue a solo career, which saw him recording and releasing five albums.
On his return, which is effective immediately, Englund declares:
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!”
Sabaton co-founder, bassist and band manager, Pär Sundström added:
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.
Echoing Pär’s sentiments, frontman, Joakim Brodén states:
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!
Meanwhile, drummer, Hannes Van Dahl adds:
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!
And finally, fellow guitarist, Chris Rörland, says:
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!
In an ironic twist, Englund has rejoined Sabaton as they are currently preparing for a 19-show ÜS tour with Judas Priest: the guitarist’s last solo album, released in 2019, was a selection of Priest covers. The band, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, are also currently in the studio working on their 11th studio album.