I predicted the spots would be filled by the dudes from Diamond Plate, but I guess I have to be wrong at least a couple times in my life.
Anyway, as a fan of Mantic Ritual, Tom's announcement is killer news...no, actually it's bittersweet news. I am definitely happy for Lich King, BUT the tour is a limited one, sticking mainly to the east coast. The closest the tour will come to me is St. Louis, but that is still quite a trek from Kansas City.
Still, I wish the guys good luck on their summer tour. Maybe we'll get a live Lich King album out of this venture (?).