Black Flag Bassist Leaves Band

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Well, it looks like Black Flag’s 2014 full of good news has already come to an end and it’s only been two days.

Yesterday, bassist David Klein revealed that he had officially left the band. In a weird, but straight to the point message that he posted online, the bassist revealed that he had left and that he has actually been gone from the group for almost a month.

Klein’s message can be read below.

“To avoid more PMs after today’s news out of the Black Flag Official camp… I guess I should OFFICIALLY (puns!) say that I’m no longer playing with BF. I suppose the following post from last month wasn’t exactly clear. Now go listen to They Stay Dead and Screeching Weasel. See ya soon at a show near you!”

Just the other day, like we had written up, it had been confirmed that skateboarder Mike Vallely would be taking over the role of vocalist for the band after former vocalist, Ron Reyes was fired mid-show during a gig in Australia.

Now, it looks like the band are going to have to start a search for a new bassist to fill in the void since they are supposedly going to head out on tour soon and have new music in the works. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with this version of Black Flag.

The Pixies Announce New Bassist

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Looks like the days of the Pixies having bassists named Kim are done and over with.

Today, the band announced that they had once again filled the vacancy in their line-up.

And who might that lucky person be? Well, the remaining member of the Pixies decided on A Perfect Circle’s Paz Lenchatin to take over during their upcoming tour.

About two weeks ago, it was reported that the band had released their fill-in bassist and frontwoman of The Muffs, Kim Shattuck. Shattuck actually took onto her Facebook account to reveal the news saying that she was, “super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today. Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.”

Shattuck had taken over the vacancy left when original bassist, Kim Deal decided that it was in her best interest to leave the band back in July.

At the time, no one knew what was the reason behind Deal’s departure especially since the band was in the midst of recording some new material. According to the band’s manager, Deal just didn’t want to do any of the things that were needed to support new material such as touring and decided to resign from the band.

Of course, that’s one of the reason that the remaining members were starting to scurry to find a replacement because their upcoming tour is scheduled to begin on January 15.

But announcing that Lenchatin had been chosen was not the only news that they had revealed today. They also released a music video for the song, “Another Toe in the Ocean” which is featured on their recently released EP, EP-1. 

Check out the full music video below and don’t forget to check out the full schedule for their tour dates. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see them before they need another new bassist.

The Pixies Part Ways with Fill In Bassist

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Another bites the dust for The Pixies.

After just a few months of joining The Pixies, the band has officially kicked out their fill in bassist, Kim Shattuck. The Muff frontwoman took to both her Facebook and Twitter to announce the departure from the band.

“Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today,” she wrote. “Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.”

Shattuck took over the bassist position when the group’s original player, Kim Deal decided to leave the band back in July in the midst of recording their recently released EP, EP-1. Instead of just calling it a day because of Deal’s departure, the group just decided to continue and successfully released the EP a few months after.

At the time, the complete reason for Deal’s departure had been unknown, but in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, manager Richard Jones said, “[Deal] just had enough…She didn’t want to do all the things that go with releasing new music, as in all the traveling and touring. She just decided that she wanted to move on.”

In the same interview, The Pixies frontman Black Francis, said that the band knew that they needed to replace Deal, but instead of going for a male, they realized they needed a female, “A lot of our songs have that romantic loss, romantic gain, sexuality thing,” he said. “We need the female and male represented.”

Not even a month after Deal’s departure, Shattuck had officially been on board with them. As of now, there has been no comment on what’s going to happen with the new vacancy; the band are scheduled to head out on tour starting on January 15 in Toronto.

Hot Chelle Rae Bassist Leave Band

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In what might be shocking news to fans of Hot Chelle Rae, it seems that the band’s bassist, Ian Keaggy has decided to leave the band. In a statement that he posted on his personal blog, he explains his decision to leave the band. In the length post that can be read here, he writes that he felt that is was his time to move on and since his last performance with the group in mid-September, he had been trying to figure out just how to move on solo.

Hot Chelle Rae took to their Facebook page to break the news to fans who did not see Keaggy’s post earlier in the morning on Twitter. In that statement they said:

Dear Hot Chelle Rae Fans,

Today is very bittersweet for Hot Chelle Rae. After spending the last six years working like crazy, and putting in more work than you can ever know, our friend and bass player Ian Keaggy has decided to leave the band in order to pursue some of his other passions. We’ve taken HCR from a barn, to traveling the world, to where we are today … and couldn’t have done it without him. Being in this band is more than a full-time job, and knowing how talented Ian is in MANY fields, we wish nothing but the best for him as he spends time on some of the things he’s sacrificed in order to be part of HCR. 

So today begins a new chapter for Hot Chelle Rae and we want to be clear in saying that we are in NO way slowing down. Quite the opposite. We are working day and night to finish our new album which we will launch with it’s first official single in early 2014 to be followed by the full album shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, we have an exclusive gift for our fans. Later today, we’ll be releasing a new video for a song from the upcoming album. The song is called “Recklessly” and the video features a collection of footage from our travels around the world including our tour last summer with Justin Bieber and our Japanese tour in August. We’ve received an incredible response from our fans for this song and felt like this video was the perfect way to look back, reflect and say thank you to all of you for always sticking by us as we move forward.

We hope you enjoy the video … and please join us in wishing our friend and bass player the best of luck. We love you Ian. 

Sincerely,
Ryan, Nash and Jamie 
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Hot Chelle Rae returned back to the studio to work on their third album, the follow-up to 2011’s Whatever which reached number 48 on Billboard’s 200 thanks in part to that summer’s anthem, “Tonight, Tonight.” They released their first new single, “Hung Up” back in January and revealed their new album was due in late Spring/early Summer. So far,t he album has not been released.

‘Spiders from Mars’ Bassist Passes Away

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In what is another blow to the music world, David Bowie’s bassist, Trevor Bolder, has passed away at the age of 62.

According to Classic Rock magazine, the musician had passed away from cancer which he had been suffering with for the past four years.

Bolder was a member of Bowie’s backing band from his hit album, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and played on many of the singer’s tracks which included “Hunky Dory,” “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,” “Aladdin Sane” and “Pin Ups.”

Uriah Heep, who Bolder played with released the following statement about the bassist’s passing:

“Trevor was an all-time great – one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players Britain ever produced. His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band’s music, and Trevor’s virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world.”

Toby Keith’s Bassist Killed in Oklahoma

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Sad news of the day for country music lovers out there. It was reported this morning that Toby Keith’s long time bassist, Carl “Chuck” Goff Jr, was killed in a two car crash in Cleveland County which is about 35 miles south of Oklahoma City.

In a statement released by the country singer, he said:

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff. He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

Goff also had some writing credits within Keith’s 1994 album, Boomtown, including the songs “Upstairs Downtown” that landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and top 10 hit, “You Ain’t Much Fun.”

While the investigation is still ongoing, authorities are saying that the driver from the other vehicle was not injured.