Neck Deep bassist exits band

It looks like Neck Deep will be down a band member when their fall tour kicks off later this week. On Tuesday (Sept. 4), the Welsh band announced the departure of longtime bassist Fil Thrope-Evans just a couple of days before hitting the road for their North American tour. While some may want to twist the departure into something negative, the band shared a statement directly from Thorpe-Evans where he assures fans to “leave no room for speculation and make it clear that this is a decision born of positivity, not negativity, with no ill feeling involved.”

In his letter, Thrope-Evans reveals that his time in Neck Deep was nothing short of a “dream come true” and that he will forever be grateful for his time in the group and his former band mates who have been nothing but supportive over his difficult decision.

“Also want to mention early on in this that the guys in the band have been super supportive of my decision, and I know they are going to continue on their path to world domination with no problem.”

He goes on to explain that the next chapter in his life will be filled with a lot of new goals including music, business, and family. He also reveals he has been spending a lot of free time working on other music projects for himself and producing for others. Though no specifics have been mentioned, he assures fans that he will be sharing new music soon.

He closes his letter by telling the fans that he is remaining true to who he really is and he hopes that anyone reading his letter will do the same.

“I also hope this can serve as an inspiration to anyone out there who might be scared to chase their passion. Seriously, life is way too short for negativity, unhappiness, or delayed dreams, so start today and go for it!”

Thrope-Evans’ full letter to fans can be read here.

As mentioned above, Neck Deep’s tour with Trophy Eyes, Stand Atlantic, WSTR and Gardenside is set to begin this Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. No word yet on whether the band will have anyone fill in during the upcoming trek.

NECK DEEP FALL 2018 TOUR DATES:

Sept. 06 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst^
Sept. 07 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater^
Sept. 08 – Las Vegas, NV – BK Bowl^
Sept. 10 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre^
Sept. 11 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes^
Sept. 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom^
Sept. 14 – Louisville, KY – Headliners^
Sept. 15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon^
Sept. 16 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay^
Sept. 18 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm^
Sept. 19 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s ^
Sept. 20 – Richmond, VA – National^
Sept. 21 – Long Island, NY – Stereo Garden^
Sept. 22 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland^
Sept. 24 – New Haven, CT – Webster^
Sept. 25 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom^
Sept. 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls^
Sept. 28 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak^
Sept. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Agora^
Sept. 30 – Toronto, ON – Danforth^
Oct. 02 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts^
Oct. 03 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde^
Oct. 05 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club^
Oct. 06 – Des Moines, IA – Woolys*
Oct. 07 – Omaha, NE – Sokol*
Oct. 09 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater *
Oct. 10 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater*
Oct. 12 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont*
Oct. 13 – San Diego, CA – SOMA *

^ with Trophy Eyes

* with Gardenside

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Ice Nine Kills drummer exits band

When Ice Nine Kills take the stage this summer on the final Vans Warped Tour, fans may notice a missing member. On Thursday (June 14), the Massachusetts-founded band announced the departure of longtime drummer Conor Sullivan. Taking to social media, the band unveiled the news, stating that Sullivan had decided to leave the group to pursue other musical interests and projects.

“After nearly ten years of working together and creating wonderful music and memories, our creative musical roads have taken us in different direction,” the remaining members posted in a joint statement.

In the same letter, the band announced that Patrick Galante (ex-Affiance) will take over their drum kit during the band’s trek on Warped Tour this summer.

“While it won’t be easy, filling his shoes on this summer’s final Vans Warped Tour will be our good friend Patrick Galante.”

The remaining members did not further elaborate on whether Galante’s stint will be solely for the upcoming tour or if he may become an official member of the lineup.

Earlier this year, Ice Nine Kills revealed that they were in the process of working on the follow-up to 2015’s book-centric album Every Trick in the Book. Last year, the band surprised fans by releasing a one-off single titled “Enjoy Your Slay” based off Stephen King’s The Shining.

Thirty Seconds to Mars guitarist exits band

When Thirty Seconds to Mars began their press cycle in support of their fifth studio album, America, fans began to notice that longtime guitarist Tomo Miličević was missing from all the meetings. In March, frontman Jared Leto advised fans that Miličević was taking some time off to deal with a “personal matter,” though fans were left wondering what exactly the personal matter was. On Tuesday (June 12), Miličević formally announced his departure from the California-founded band.

Taking to social media, the guitarist posted a letter to fans addressing his decision to leave the band he had been a part of since 2003.

“I don’t really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band,” wrote Miličević.

In his letter, he continues to thank the fans for letting him live his dreams on stage every day for the past 15 years and thanks the Leto brothers (Jared and Shannon) for letting him be a small part of their massive dream.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to Jared and Shannon for allowing me the privilege to be a small part of their dream and to have been able to share the stage with them for so long.”

For fans who are angry or sad about his decision to leave the band, Miličević had one final thought for them: “Please don’t be sad or angry over this and most of all, please don’t be divided over this. This is a good thing and will be good for everyone.”

Read Miličević’s full statement here.

Now that Miličević is longer in the band, there is no word on whether the band has found a replacement, though it looks like it won’t affect their summer tour.

Last week, Thirty Seconds to Mars officially kicked off their North American “Monolith” tour. Tonight, the band will perform at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Detroit with Walk the Moon, MisterWives, and Joywave. The complete list of upcoming “Monolith” tour dates can be found here.

Founding Taking Back Sunday member exits band

If you happen to notice that a familiar face is missing this summer during Taking Back Sunday’s North American tour, then you won’t be the only one. Over the weekend, the Long Island-founded band announced that longtime guitarist Eddie Reyes had left the band due to “personal reasons.” In their short post on social media to fans, the group did not further elaborate on Reyes’ “personal reasons,” just that they wish him well on all his future endeavors.

“Guitarist Eddie Reyes and Taking Back Sunday have parted ways due to personal reasons,” begins the group’s post on Facebook.

“Eddie was a founding member of the band and his contributions can be felt all along the way. John, Shaun, Mark, and Adam love Eddie, wish him well in his future endeavors and look forward to hitting the road soon.”

Reyes, along with fellow guitarist John Nolan, was the only remaining members from the original Taking Back Sunday lineup. Though Nolan left the band for a while to pursue his own musical endeavors (Straylight Run), Reyes remained on the guitar since the group’s inception in 1999.

Reyes contributed to all seven Taking Back Sunday records including their most recent release, 2016’s Tidal Wave.

Though Reyes is no longer in the band, it does not look like his departure will affect the band’s massive tour itinerary. Back in February, Taking Back Sunday announced a joint tour with longtime friends, Coheed and Cambria. The trek will find the two groups traveling across the country during the months of July and August.

The tour will officially kick off on July 6 at Bayfront Park in Miami and wrap up a little over a month later on Aug. 12 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The complete list of upcoming summer tour dates can be found here.

Beartooth guitarist exits band

Beartooth are going to down a member when they hit the stage alongside A Day to Remember and Silverstein in mid-June. On Tuesday (April 10), longtime guitarist Taylor Lumley took to social media to announce he had exited the band. While some departures can be blamed on inter-band turmoil, Lumley was quick to point out that there is no ill will between him and the guys.

Instead, the musician revealed in a short post on Twitter that his reason for leaving was more personal; he wants to spend time on his art and life.

“Hey y’all, I quit Beartooth today to focus more on my life and my art,” he posted on Twitter.

“I love all the dudes in our band and crew like family and there was no ill will at all. Thank y’all for loving me through this chapter of my life, and encouraging me to love myself. I’ll be back?” Alongside the post, Lumley added a gif of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. Lumley joined Beartooth in 2013.

Though Lumley formally announced his departure from the group yesterday afternoon, the rest of the band members have yet to comment on his decision and whether this will affect their upcoming show (June 16 at the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City, Iowa) or the new album.

Last month, vocalist Caleb Shomo confirmed the group was working on their new album, though it was taking a little longer than they anticipated. According to Shomo, they are taking their time because the guys want the new record to be the record they deserve.

“This record is extremely important to me, mainly because I feel like I owe you all the record you deserve.”

Beartooth’s last studio album was 2016’s Aggressive.

Panic! at the Disco bassist exits band

Just a few days before the new year is set to begin, Panic! at the Disco has revealed that they will be down a member in 2018. On Wednesday (Dec. 27) longtime bassist Dallon Weekes formally announced his departure from the Las Vegas-founded act. Taking to Instagram, the musician announced his exit from the band after eight years.

“For the last eight years, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to perform in Panic! at the Disco,” Weekes wrote in an Instagram post. “While I’m sad to announce that my time with Panic! has come to an end, I’m excited to continue making music with my new project, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me.”

Weekes joined Panic! at the Disco as a touring member in 2009 and in 2010 officially became a full-time member. Weekes went on to perform on Panic! at the Disco’s fourth studio album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! before returning to a touring musician position in 2015. To read Weekes’ full departure announcement, head on over to his Instagram profile here.

A few months ago, Weekes launched a side project named I Don’t Know How But They Found Me with former Falling in Reverse drummer Ryan Seaman. As said in his departure post, it looks like Weekes’ main focus will now be on I Don’t Know How But They Found Me. For now, you can stream IDKHBTFM’s first single “Choke” here.

As for Panic! at the Disco, the band released a new Christmas song titled “Feels Like Christmas” just in time for the holiday. The week before that, the group released their second live album, All My Friends We’re Glorious.

As It Is parts ways with longtime guitarist

If you’re a fan of As It Is, then you may notice that someone will be missing from the stage during the group’s last set to tour dates. On Monday (Oct. 9), the British band announced that they had parted way with longtime guitarist Andy Westhead. News of Westhead’s exit began when a fan took to Twitter to make sure the musician was okay after not being present at a recent show.

Westhead responded to the inquiry with “I guess the others didn’t think you guys were worth an explanation either – I wish the others would allow me to be there.” A few hours after the post was made public, the remaining members of the group (Patty Walters, Patrick Foley, Benjamin Langford-Biss, Alistair Testo) released an unofficial press statement about Westhead’s abrupt departure. According to the letter, the band wanted to reveal the news to their longtime followers, but they were hoping to “make one with Andy’s full involvement and approval.” That ended up not being the case when Westhead went forward with his response to the fan’s question.

According to the statement, issue between the band members and Westhead began in August when they realized that they could no longer work with Westhead. As the letter goes on to explain, “feelings and differences had been building up for at least a year” and even though they tried to make things better, things did not improve. According to the group, they constantly conversed with Westhead, reiterating that the reason for them moving forward without him all stemmed from the same issue and were surprised when Westhead took to social media to throw the other band members under the bus. As It Is’ full statement about Westhead’s exit can be read here.

As It Is is currently in the middle of Neck Deep’s “The Peace and the Panic” UK/ European tour. After wrapping up their time on the tour in late October, As It Is will join Waterparks on their “Made in America” tour which will find them performing across North America during the months of November and December. Earlier this year, As It Is released their sophomore album, Okay.

Of Mice and Men frontman leaves band, group issues statement

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As the world was getting ready to bid adieu to 2016, fans of Of Mice and Men were given the news that an important member of the band will no longer be featured in the lineup. On Friday (Dec. 30), frontman Austin Carlile announced he had departed the band. The singer’s announcement came a couple of months after the band had to pull out of their European tour due to Carlile having to undergo surgery again for his Marfan’s Syndrome. In a lengthy post to fans. The former frontman revealed in the post that he finally realized he needed to stop during that cancelled tour. “I had three tears in my dual sac surrounding my spinal cord, and we discovered that every time I would push down to scream spinal fluid would rush though the tears which was causing me the violent pain every time I’d perform,” Carlile explains in his letter. Since revealing to the public his longtime struggle with Marfan’s Syndrome last year, the frontman has been open about his struggle every day.

During his time in the hospital in 2015, Carlile had assured fans that he was hopeful he would be well enough to perform for the group’s dedicated followers. Apparently, as explained to Carlile, his team of medical professionals had advised him that if he continued, he would cause “permanent and irrevocable damage” to his spinal cord and nervous system. Because of the news, Carlile decided to step away from the band, even if he says it was the hardest thing he had to do. “After learning this I realized that I had to step away from Of Mice and Men. No longer able to scream most of our old material, or continue to scream on anything new, I cannot continue on. This has been the hardest thing that has happened in my life for a very long time, but thankfully the band, my family, and closest friends stand behind me and understand.”

As stated in Carlile’s letter, the remaining members of Of Mice and Men (Aaron Pauley, Alan Ashby, Phil Manansala, and Valentino Arteaga) are supportive of his decision, especially his well-being was always important to them. “Though we’re heartbroken that he [Austin] can no longer continue, his health has always been of utmost importance to us and we support him now in this decision and are proud of his perseverance over the years.”

While they are currently down a singer, the band has announced that they will continue as a four-piece. Currently, the first show the band has planned for 2017 is their appearance at the Download Festival during the weekend of June 9-11 in the United Kingdom. After that, they are scheduled to hit the European road later that month. For now, both letters from Carlile and the remaining members of Of Mice and Men can be seen here.

The Word Alive announces departure of drummer

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A week before their final tour of 2016 is set to kick off, The Word Alive has unveiled some heartbreaking news to fans. On Thursday (Nov. 3), the Arizona-founded band announced that drummer Luke Holland would be departing the lineup. Instead of his departure being effective immediately, it was announced that Holland would stay with the band until the end of their “Overdose” tour. Taking to their Facebook page, the band unveiled the news that after five years behind the TWA drum kit, Holland has decided to “explore other musical endeavors and pursue passions outside of The Word Alive”

While the musician’s departure isn’t set to officially happen for another month, the group also state that they wanted the fans to know before the tour kicked off in order for them to “celebrate this chapter coming to an end” and not be blindsided at the beginning of 2017. Holland spoke with Alternative Press shortly after the post was uploaded onto the band’s social media account. “I don’t have anything in particular lined up, but I do want to focus even more on my craft and get back to what gave me a fan base in the first place, which was YouTube,” the musician told the publication. “I have a lot of respect for my fans and know that they are the reason I’m not just a man who loves drumming, but rather a man who gets to make a career out of it. I am open to any gig offers currently, but am not in a rush by any means.”

The group’s full letter addressing Holland’s soon departure can currently be seen here. As for the upcoming tour, the “Overdose” tour is set to kick off on Nov. 11 at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR and wrap up on Dec. 18 at the Nile Theater in the band’s home state of Arizona. The Overdose tour is in support of the band’s recently released record, Dark Matter. The complete tour itinerary can be seen below while tickets are currently available on the band’s website.

OVERDOSE TOUR DATES:

Nov. 11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

Nov. 12 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

Nov. 13 – Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper

Nov. 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Nov. 16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep

Nov. 18 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

Nov. 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze

Nov. 20 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

Nov. 21 – Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie’s

Nov. 22 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Station

Nov. 23 – London, Ontario @ Rum Runners

Nov. 24 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Brass Monkey

Nov. 25 – Montreal, Quebec @ La Tulipe

Nov. 26 – Quebec City, Quebec @ Salle Multi

Nov. 27 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met

Nov. 29 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall

Nov. 30 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld

Dec. 1 – Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage

Dec. 2 – Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club

Dec. 3 – Reading, PA @ Reverb

Dec. 4 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

Dec. 6 – Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater

Dec. 7 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

Dec. 8 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall

Dec. 9 – Knoxville, TN @ The International

Dec. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown

Dec. 11 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

Dec. 13 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Dec. 14 – Dallas, TX @ The Door

Dec. 18 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater

Former Asking Alexandria frontman officially returns to band

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In a shocking update, Asking Alexandria has announced that former frontman Danny Worsnop has returned to the band, replacing Denis Stoff. On Friday (Oct. 21), founding member/guitarist Ben Bruce made the revelation in an eight-and-a-half minute clip. About a minute into the Facebook live video, Bruce confirms that the band, and Stoff, had departed ways; barely two years after the Make Me Famous singer joined the group. Bruce explains that the band did not kick Stoff out, but rather, the former singer just stopped speaking to them all together.

“Basically, to a cut a long story short, we didn’t kick Denis out of the band. He just stopped talking to us,” Bruce explains in the clip. “Everything seemed fine and then he just stopped responding. I texted him a bunch, loads of emails back and forth, no response whatsoever.”

As the video continues, we hear Bruce’s side of the story as well as if he regretted adding Stoff to the lineup for the year and a half that he was with them. “Do I regret the last year and a half I spent touring the world with Denis? Absolutely not. Do I regret releasing and writing The Black? Absolutely not. Do I go back on anything I said? Absolutely not. The Black was a very honest and open record and that is I felt at the time, how we all felt at the time. We’ve moved on, we’ve moved upwards. I’m not gonna sit here and talk shit on Denis, he came into this band and he was amazing for us at the time. We had a blast with him, we had the best time ever.”

But one good thing came out of Stoff’s not-so-sublte departure; original singer Worsnop and the rest of the guys of Asking Alexandria have buried the hatchet. Last month, Worsnop had teased posted on social media that he was on his way to visit Bruce and From First To Last’s Matt Good to “maybe play a little music.”

“Obviously over the last sort of few months we’ve rekindled our relationship with Danny and what happened in the past sucked and it hurt us, obviously I said things and Danny has said things—that happens,” says Bruce in the video. “It was in the past and it was shit. But at the end of the day, we’ve been best friends for a decade and that’s why this is the move that’s right for us. Right for us as a band. Right for us as people and friends and right for us as Asking Alexandria. This is full circle. This is right back where we started and why we started the band.”

Worsnop left the band in early 2015 when he decided “to pursue other musical interests” in the form of his band We Are Harlot. Shortly after Worsnop’s departure, the remaining members enlisted Stoff to take over vocals for not only their live shows, but also for their recently released record, The Black.

Bruce’s Facebook live stream can currently be viewed here, while the complete transcript of the video, courtesy of The PRP, can be found here. Asking Alexandria is set to hit the road for Sumerian Records’ “10 Years of the Black” tour. The British band will travel across the country with Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After the Burial, Upon A Burning Body, and Bad Omens. The trek will kick off on Oct. 25 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle and wrap up on Dec. 6 at Livewire in Scottsdale, Ariz. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.

SUMERIAN RECORDS’ 10 YEARS OF THE BLACK TOUR

10/25 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
10/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/28 – Boise, ID  @ Knitting Factory
10/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/31 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/01 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/04 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
11/06 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/07 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
11/09 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
11/12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/13 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
11/14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/15 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
11/18 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa Theatre
11/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
11/21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
11/23 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
11/25 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/26 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
11/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
11/28 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
11/29 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
12/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
12/02 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
12/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
12/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
12/06 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire