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Second wind

Jacksonville rockers Cold reform and redefine themselves

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David E Jackson

Superfiction represents a comeback after the group had crashed, burned and broken up, so Cold has a lot riding on it. “It’s actually the most important record of our career,” Ward says.

After Cold broke up in 2006, Ward founded another band, the Killer and the Star, and ironically, a decision to take that group on tour in 2008 helped pave the way for Cold to reunite. Ward needed an opening act for the Killer and the Star tour. That’s when McCandless suggested reforming Cold. Marshall signed on for the tour, as did Terry Balsamo, Cold’s guitarist from 1999 through 2004.

Eventually Balsamo had to return to the band he joined after Cold: Evanescence. Gilbert took his place and the group tried out new musical ideas during soundchecks. Now, Cold is eying a full headlining tour in the fall.

“On the headlining shows, we’re going to do the biggest set Cold has ever done,” Ward says. “I think we’re going to do like 26 songs, even do some acoustic stuff. So it should be a treat for everyone.”

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