PRAYING MANTIS Unveils New Lineup

Posted by on Jul 09, 2013 in News, Press, Promotion

NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends PRAYING MANTIS announce that they have joined forces with Dutch duo, Vocalist John “Jaycee” Cuijpers (Ayreon, Cooper Inc., C.T.P.) and Drummer Hans in ‘t Zandt (Vengeance, Bangalore Choir, Mad Max, Chinawhite). These new members will be featuring on the forthcoming live shows.

John Cuijpers   Hans in t Zand

John and Hans are seasoned professional musicians with a vast experience of playing alongside bands such as Toto, Vengeance, Jan Akkerman, and Steve Lukather and will bring a extra dimension to the Mantis sound.

Praying Mantis are: John Cuijpers – Lead Vocals, Tino Troy – Guitars & Vocals, Chris Troy – Bass & Vocals, Andy Burgess – Guitars + Vocals, Hans in ‘t Zandt – Drums

Forthcoming Praying Mantis shows:

27th July Headbangers Open Air, Hamburg, Germany
02th August The Bull, Colchester, UK
03th August The Railway, Ipswich, UK
04th August Cambridge Rock Festival, UK
05th October Metalwave UK, Circus Tavern, Essex, UK

Praying Mantis are a well established band of melodic hard rockers. They were formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in 1973 and together with ‘Iron Maiden‘, they spearheaded the NWOBHM movement.

Praying Mantis 2013

Praying Mantis became one of THE most influential bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). The band is also one of a very small number of bands from that era to have remained a going concern over the intervening years, and to still record and appear live regularly.


  • Dave Roberts on Jul 13, 2013

    Praying Mantis Live at Cambridge Rock Festival on Sunday 4th August 13.
    More info at

  • HAYLEY CRAY ELGOOD on Jul 09, 2013

    Hi guys just to let you know Praying Mantis will also be headlining the Metal Wave UK festival here in the uk at the Circus Tavern purfleet , Essex . On the 5th october 2013 alongside Dennis Stratton . Please check us out and give us a mention :)


    • Rock N Growl on Jul 09, 2013

      Thank you! We have just added “Metalwave UK” to the post \m/