In short: Cirith Ungol broke up in May 1992. There will probably never be a comeback.
That does however not mean there are no chance of a comeback, even if it would mean for a new album or a one gig only.
Greg Lindstrom is, as most now knows, still active in playing heavy rock music in his new band Falcon with Perry Grayson and Darin McCloskey, where he also plays some old and rare Ungolsongs.
Less known is that Vern Green from the Paradise Lost-lineup is still musical active and plays in various bands. Most notable in the female-fronted rockband Broken Silence. He even highly admires his time in Cirith Ungol. He has recently (Nov 2007) unleashed some really nice live videoclips from The Ventura Theater 1991-show.
Robert Garven is still a Ungol-maniac, even though he hasn't played his drums ever since. He has been offered to play with Falcon, but unfortunately he rejected.
But unfortunately, Rob tells in an interview that singer Tim Baker wasn't interested in Cirith Ungol at the times Servants was released (2001). But things may have changed since then. Gerrit Mutz (Sacred Steel) has been offered to take hand of the vocals, but that he said no, because he could never replace Tim. Another possible replacement would be Perry Grayson, who is also a huge Ungol-maniac.
UPDATE 2010: Tim Baker is still alive, still a metalfan and he still likes Cirith Ungol!
According to an interview with Greg, Michael "Flint" Vujejia has also shown no interest in CU.
Jerry Fogle has unfortunately passed away.
Jimmy Barraza has not lost his interest in the band, and he is still musically active. He has recently uploaded a couple of Cirith Ungol live videos, as documented at The Webpit.
? I don't know anything about the other members state.
Cirith Ungol split up due to frustration about the music business. For more information about the issue, please read any Cirith Ungol-interview. Here are some random quotes when asked about a possible comeback:
The being called Ungol is dead
its resurrection is doubtful.
But heed it's teachings oh faithful
for on these memoratic disks contain
the wisdom of the ages
and by your iron fists
may the horror
of false metal be extinguished.
As you now join the swelling ranks of the Legions of Chaos
together we will drive before us
the cringing herd of False Metal
crush their spineless lackeys
and purge the world of their mutant plague!!!
-Cirith Ungol's mission statement
I wish Rob Garven and Tim Baker would play again, but the sad reality
is it's probably never going to happen. I kept trying to tell people
that the longer they waited to book Falcon in Europe, the lesser the
chance that even Greg Lindstrom could make it. I don't think many
listened. Jürgen from Hellion/HOA was the only one to step up to the
plate and offer to put Falcon on a festival. Provided he fulfills his
end of the bargain, we're meant to do HOA 2010. A Falcon set at the
warm-up gig and mostly Cirith Ungol classics at HOA itself. But, make
no mistakes, the lineup is Falcon. As in Perry Grayson, Greg Lindstrom and Darin McCloskey. If Jürgen wants to advertise it as "Greg Lindstrom & Friends" that's fine by me/us. It's his festival.
Nothing's confirmed until the flights are booked and paid for. Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Nothing's confirmed until you hear it straight from the horse's mouth. This is meant to be exclusive to HOA, so it's entirely dependent on Jürgen and company following through with their offer. We don't play for free, and there are a lot of expenses involved. As we'll be playing CU material, we will have to rehearse more than usual. Which is complicated because we all live in different places.
While I'm sure even Greg would rather it be only Falcon material, this is the only offer that's come up. We know Falcon is perfectly capable of standing on its own. But many of these European festivals are reunion and tribute crazy. They're unwilling to merely book the current band of a cult metal hero like Greg Lindstrom. Given the opportunity, we do with a power trio what most bands need five members to accomplish. The proof is in the pudding. Three dudes who don't need to prove themselves at this stage! Look at our bloody histories, damn it!!
-Perry Grayson, 05 Aug 2009
It has come to our attention that the
Headbanger's Open Air Festival has been advertising a confirmed
appearance by "Greg Lindstrom and Friends" on their 2010 bill and
Falcon on the HOA Warm-Up gig. This is not true. While the HOA
fest did contact us and discuss the possibility of Falcon (Greg
Lindstrom, Perry Grayson and Darin McCloskey) playing a set of Cirith
Ungol classics at the fest itself and a full Falcon set at the Warm-Up
gig, no contracts were ever signed and no flights were booked. No
offense to the HOA organizers, but these arrangements were never
confirmed. HOA tickets were, however, sold under the pretense that
"Greg Lindstrom and Friends" would be performing. In the music business
agreements are made in writing via contracts. Until the paper is signed
by both parties nothing is confirmed. I am always on top of posting
news on our various sites and making press releases. If any gig or
event is ever confirmed the news gets posted quickly. You'll all notice
that there was never an announcement made by me or any of the other
Falcon members regarding HOA 2010. That is because there was no confirmation.
It is best not to count your chickens before they hatch. Read: "don't
get ahead of yourselves." We regret that Cirith Ungol and Falcon fans
were in any way misled, but that is out of our control. Thanks for
Best Heavy Rawkin' Wishes for 2010 and Beyond,
-Perry (on behalf of Greg Lindstrom and Darin McCloskey), 21 Jan 2010
I would give all the money I have to see CU unite and play live here in Omaha. Been a fan for years and I've had my two Cirith Ungol pins on my patch jacket ever since Greg sent them to me with the shirt I ordered. Best band ever, inspired by all the books I grew up on.
Well, the closest option I have to seeing them live is to make small figurines of Cirith Ungol playing on a small stage, blast their music loudly and do some peyote.
Any kind of new music by these guys would be welcome by me. I rather dislike the metal without melody that's been passed around since 1990. I'm old school but probably younger than old Sabbath or BOC fans.
Cirith Ungol is my all time favorite band and I'm not just saying that because I love Moorcock. The creativity and originality of their work is second to none in my opinion.
can't say that I was opposed to the release of 'servants' just was never contacted before it came out if my memory is correct..as far as vocals go i still play rock band with the kids..ha..ha Tim B.
I wish it was so, all of us have created separate lives out of the ashes of our band. You have to remember we put so much into it and got so little out when it was over most of the members were not only drained, but shells of their former selves. I know Tim and I would be up to it and interested but I cannot speak for the others. Sometimes it is better to remember the past than try to dig up the graves of the dead.
-Robert Garven, That's Metal 1/99
Unfortunately with Jerry's death and the time that has passed since the break-up it seems like a long shot, however I can not say definitely, as "It burns inside of me", "It burns inside of me"!!!!! (Lyrics from F&F)
-Robert Garven, Metal Hammer 11/99
This would be a dream come true for me if only it could happen! I don’t even have a drum set anymore! To get the guys together from different states, to practice to get ready, to get the money to do all this. It would seem impossible to me. The only way is for me to win the lottery. Then I would have enough money to get the band together and start playing again. I understand your desire and I feel it myself. It is just sad when we were together and kicking ass no one wanted us to play anywhere. That is the tragedy!
-Robert Garven, Metal Heart 12/2000
The Corroseum: It has been said that it's very unlikely we'll see the band reunited and playing again. Why would this be so difficult? Do you think a resurrection would be more negative than positive for the name of CIRITH UNGOL?
That's exactly why I didn't go to see the reformed Thin Lizzy last year. I wanted to keep my Lizzy memories sacred. Bepages, how could they call themselves Lizzy without Phil Lynott? As for CU, we were always a good live band, much more heavy than on record (especially the F & F songs). With a bit of practice, I think we could hold our own and put on a good show.
-Greg Lindstrom, The Corroseum interview
The real problem is probably with Tim. He is not interested in Cirith Ungol anymore and he is not willing to cooperate on any project. He was even against the release of "Servants of Chaos"
-Robert Garven, The Corroseum interview
My dreams and nightmares are filled with this thought. Although I have not touched a drum since 1992, I KNOW I could jump on a set and play as if I never stopped. However the pain of the treachery of our past record company dealings makes it hard to walk away from our semi-comfortable lives to become abused and ripped off again!! I know that both Tim and Greg are interested, but the logistics still make it a long shot....
-Robert Garven, Metal Nightmare interview 2000
Well, Greg and I have talked about re-recording some of the old material that was lost. Some of the sounds were pretty cool such as “Half Past Human, A Quarter to Ape”, “High Speed Love” etc. We thought that we would be able to put them on this double CD but much of the material was either totally lost or deteriorated to far to put out! However I am not sure that this would be possible. Metal Blade Europe has expressed an interest in a project like this but only if it included Tim. Tim is not interested in doing anything with the band so this is probably a long shot. However just like a horror movie sequel there is always a possibility.
-Robert Garven, Terrorizer 9/2001
Michael is the finest fantasy artist around. I think maybe some people buy the album for the cover art and throw the record away! The series of Elric paintings gives the albums a nice sense of continuity. And Michael has a couple more Elric paintings that could be used for a new album.
-Greg Lindstrom, The Corroseum interview
Maybe if we could get Tim to lay off the cigarettes and Rob could wrangle a drum kit out of Pearl or Ludwig !
-Greg Lindstrom, interview by Patrick Lefevre
I would really like to but like Greg says if the interest was there it would happen. Unfortunately with Metal Blade not even releasing our new CD in the US and deleting our re-releases there is little if no hope for a reunion.
-Robert Garven, True Metal magazine 07/02
Usually I prefer to remember a band at their peak, rather than 15 years later, bald and with beer bellies. Of course, I still look good! With Jerry gone, it wouldn’t be the original CU, but it’s still possible…
-Greg Lindstrom, Blood of the Ancients 11/2002
It is amazing as there is not a month goes by that we are not approached about playing at major festivals etc. When we were together we had to fight for every gig usually playing opening or in the second slot. It is too bad that we were not offered the same opportunity back then as we would have really blown some peolples minds!!!! I mainly quit playing as I was so disgusted by the way we were treated by the music industry back then. Since the same people are still in charge of the music bussiness today and since the same bullshit continues to go on I can not see myself being subjected to the abuse all over again. I miss playing and would definitely play for our fans but I think it is rather doubtful. You have know idea the pain and suffering we went through over the years and what a dark stain it has left on my mind.
I just wish that so many people would buy the CD’s and t-shirts that Metal Blade would come to us a beg us for another CD or to re-unite. I know this will never happen but it would be nice.
-Robert Garven, Blood of the Ancients 11/2002
I wish Rob Garven and Tim Baker would play again, but the sad reality is it's probably never going to happen.
Unfortunately Greg is the only remaining Cirith Ungol member who has been active in the rock/metal scene over the past couple of decades, so the likelihood of any kind of Cirith Ungol reunion is next to nil. CU will probably remain a cult legend that only played a few gigs outpage of Southern California. I never saw 'em myself, not even the Paradise Lost lineup.
I haven’t talked to Tim or Flint in probably ten years, neither of them have shown any interest in a CIRITH UNGOL reunion. And to be honest, I think that twenty-five years of cigarette smoking has taken its toll on Tim’s voice.
I never say never!
-Greg Lindstrom, Headache interview, 2005
Never say never, but I am 99.99% certain there will not be a CU reunion. Even though Rob (Garven) and I are still great friends, he’s become very bitter about the whole business page of music making, and he hasn’t touched a drumstick in 10 years. His Ferrari 308GT4 is his passion now! And Tim (Baker) and Flint have shown no interest, either, and I have doubts about Tim’s voice holding up after 30 years of smoking. So I think it’s best for CU to rest in peace. It’s kind of a shame, since we get offers every year to reform CU and play at some of the big metal festivals in Europe. But as far as I am concerned, all my musical effort is going into FALCON, and I’m totally happy with our musical direction. With everything else going on in my life, I don’t have the time, energy, or the incentive to try and resurrect CU.
-Greg Lindstrom, BallBuster interview
We have been offered large sums of money to regroup to play in Europe but Tim is not interested and Tim is the one that everyone wants to see, so that has not gone very far. I would be interested in a reunion, but I think that it would be best for our fans if we never played again. We were so good back then, and seeing a shell of what we once were on stage seems pretty depressing to me. Heavy Metal like Formula One racing is a young mans sport, over 30 and you lose your edge!
All I ever wanted to do is play drums and I still dream at night about getting a new set, or the band getting back together. I am haunted and tortured by the ghost of Cirith Ungol, and I am not sure that I will ever find peace.
-Robert Garven, Sleazegrinder interview
If would definitely join them any day if they needed a guitar player.
-Michael Johnson, 19 May 2010