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Delerium Pushes Forward With Special Members

Of the Oakland Press

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When it comes to Delerium, group leader Bill Leeb -- who co-founded the electronic-based rock group in 1987 in Vancouver -- gets by with more than a little help from his friend.

Leeb says that the band's first tour in five years, for instance, is being driven by drummer Ash Sood, Sarah McLachlan's estranged husband and now part of the Delerium collective.

"I needed a drummer and he's a great drummer and he lives in the same neck of the woods as I do," says Leeb, 47, who's also a member of Front Line Assembly and Skinny Puppy. "We hadn't played together in awhile, and I thought, 'Heck, why not?'

"He brought me the entire Sarah band except Sarah, and the band sounds just great. It's gotten us into a couple big things, festivals and whatnot."

The current edition of Delerium also includes Sixpence None the Richer's Leigh Nash, who sang on two Delerium albums (2000's "Poem" and 2003's "Chimera") and with Leeb and his partner Rhys Fulber on another project, Fauxliage in 2007.

"She's kind of a starlet, and she sounds great live," reports Leeb, who's putting the finishing touches on "Voice," a new Delerium album that features three new songs and stripped-down versions of several older tracks. "She's got this wonderful voice, like a modern Patsy Cline or something. We've done so many songs with her over the years it was just another natural, and she's really raised the bar as far as the band goes.

"So with her and Ash on board, it was like, 'Yeah, we gotta go out and show this to the world again...' "

Delerium, Morgan Page and Elsiane perform Friday (Sept. 26) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call ((248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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