During a recent interview with 94.3 The Shark, Candlebox’s Kevin Martin revealed that he is planning to retire. The frontman will be hanging it up following the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut album in 2023.
Martin said the following [via Blabbermouth]:
“I am retiring after next summer — yes, I am retiring. I don’t know if I would have ever thought that CANDLEBOX would be around this long. I wanted it, of course; I think every kid wants to have that opportunity and a career that lasts decades, and I’m very grateful that it has. But there comes a time where my responsibilities as a husband and a father supersede my responsibilities to the music that I make. And that’s kind of where I’m at. I enjoy it, but it’s not the love of my life anymore. And that’s, I think, when you as an artist you kind of have to recognize that and step away from it. And if it means that five years after that I decide that I wanna go out and do some shows, I’ll do it; if two years after that I decide I’m going to do some shows… But I won’t be doing the full-band tours for two, three, four months. I don’t wanna do that. It’s really, really hard. And I miss my family. And physically, it’s very taxing. The way I sing, it’s acrobatic, so it’s not something that I wanna be performing and not have my voice work. So I’d rather go out on top, I think, is the term.”
“I know that I’ve got another record I have to do. And people are saying, ‘Well, if you do another record, you’ve gotta tour on it.’ Well, that’s not necessarily true. I would certainly want to and have people hear it, but I think that the case is that it’s probably best for me to just accept that the mindset that I’m in and what I’ve decided for myself is what I need to do. As much as I may wanna keep singing and doing this and putting myself in the music the way I do, I have to recognize that I’m not in love with it the way I [once] was.”
He went on to say that “a lot of people” are telling him that he can’t retire:
“A lot of those people are my bandmembers and my management. They’re, like, ‘You can’t retire. People love you, and they love your music.’ But like I said, man, I have got to put myself first emotionally in everything I do. And that’s kind of where I’m at. I don’t want to stop singing a song like ‘Sometimes’ that means the world to me, or ‘It’s Alright’ or ‘Far Behind’ or ‘You’, because I love them, but I just know that it’s the decision I have to make.”