I See Stars Ask Guitarist, Keyboardist to Leave Band

‘Tis the season for bands to be losing members. Hot on the heels of Paramore’s Jeremy Davis leaving the band he co-founded and all members of Emmure leaving their own group, another band has been added to that growing list. On Wednesday (Dec. 23), it was revealed that I See Stars had asked their screamer/keyboardist Zach Johnson and guitarist Jimmy Gregerson to leave the group . Taking to Instagram, both musicians confirmed the revelations.

According to Gregerson, the departure actually happened months ago but the reason behind the decision is still unknown. “I am no longer in I See Stars,” he posted. “I did not choose to leave, I was asked to leave. Why? I’m not really sure. I guess the rest of the guys felt they needed a change.” In a similar, short statement, Johnson mirrored Gregerson’s news. “I was let go months ago. I don’t know why.”

While both musicians admit that they don’t know what lies in the future for them, they do reveal that each has been keeping busy. “As for my future plans, they are up in the air right now,” Gregerson writes. “I have been bouncing around the country working for various bands. As of late, I have been working exclusively with Metro Station.”

Johnson, on the other hand, announced that he has been writing and is planning on putting together a new group very soon. Through the negative outcome, one thing is for sure, both Gregerson and Johnson admit that there is no bad blood between them and the remaining members of I See Stars. Both Instagram posts can be seen below.

A photo posted by ZACH JOHNSON (@zachyyyj) on

The news of Johnson and Gregerson’s “departure” comes a few days after I See Stars announced a co-headlining tour with Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! for 2016. The tour is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 17, 2016 at Soundstage in Baltimore and wrap up on March 25, 2016 at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.


02/17 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
02/18 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
02/19 Freehold, NJ @ Gamechanger World
02/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage
02/21 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
02/23 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
02/24 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
02/25 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
02/26 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
02/27 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
02/29 Chicago, IL @ Portage Theater
03/01 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
03/02 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
03/03 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
03/04 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
03/05 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
03/06 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
03/08 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
03/09 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
03/10 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
03/11 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
03/12 San Diego, CA @ Lampost Warehouse
03/13 Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
03/18 Corpus Christi, TX @ House Of Rock
03/23 Kansas City, KS @ Aftershock
03/24 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
03/25 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot

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