Alex Rudinger Exits Good Tiger

Alex Rudinger has announced his departure from Good Tiger. The drummer is leaving the group to “purse other opportunities.”

Rudinger said the following:

“To anyone that isn’t interested / doesn’t care enough to read a few paragraphs, the short is: After much thought, I’ve decided to leave my band, Good Tiger, to pursue other opportunities.

If you’re inclined to know a bit more as to why, please continue reading!

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. Everyone in the band was well aware of it, and did nothing but encourage me to do what was best for myself. Those four individuals – Dez, Morgan, Jo, & Elliot, are the reason I joined (and helped start) this band. They are truly exceptional people, and I hold them very close to my heart.

At varying times throughout the last few years I’ve felt uncertain as to what I wanted long-term out of this band, and also from a personal satisfaction standpoint in my overall career (something I have much more clarity on now). On top of this, the health of a close family member came into question recently (when I left mid-way through our headline tour), forcing me to re-evaluate certain long term plans.

Life can certainly throw things at you that you don’t expect, and it’s not always easy. But I feel immensely fortunate to have been in a band with such amazing people when life threw me this recent curve ball – I was shown nothing but support. With that said, pairing this change in my personal life with the continual desire I’ve felt to pursue other things throughout these last few years has made this decision relatively simple for me.

I have every intention of continuing my career in music, but in truth am not sure where I’m headed next. So to all bands out there, if you’re looking for a drummer, feel free to reach out. Whether it’s a fill-in / session position, full-time, or anything else, I am quite excited to explore whatever opportunities may arise, and I will certainly still be touring whenever the right opportunity presents itself.

In the meantime, I will be continuing my work at home as usual with teaching, session work, videos / online content, as well as an exciting new business I’ve recently started (with good-buddy Anup Sastry). But let it be known that I am indeed available and looking for more work.

Before I sign off, I’d like to say a few more things about the phenomenal human beings that I’ve had the pleasure of being in a band with for the last three and a half years. I met most of them long before we started this band, and connected with them incredibly as people.

After having been in a variety of bands / situations prior to Good Tiger that weren’t always terrifically healthy, all I wanted was to be in a band with good people that I loved and trusted. Dez, Jo, Morgan, and Elliot personify these qualities, and I will cherish all of the experiences we had together for the rest of my life. They have done so much for me, not only as a bandmate, but especially as friends.

Deciding to leave a band where you truly love all of the members is a peculiar thing, but from a creative, personal, and business standpoint, I know that it is time to move on. In coming to this conclusion, they have done nothing but show me love and support in return, and it is without a doubt the most amicable departure from a band that I can imagine. All they want is for me to be happy, and I want the same for them.

Fun little story: I would often annoy Elliot (in a joking way) when I needed a hand with something on tour. I’d say – “C’monnnnn duuuude, we’re friends!! Help me out!!!”. He would jokingly reply – “We are not friends Rudi, we are co-workers”. It became a thing we all said, in a very sarcastic and joking way, of course (we all like to clown). Upon making this decision to leave, Jo looked at me with a loving smile and said – “You know what this means Rudi? We are not co-workers anymore. We are now just friends”.

As cheesy as it sounds, the sentiment of it resonated with me at my core. I love these guys so much, and I am so proud of everything we have done together. I am so thankful to have met them, to have been in a band with them, to have made music with them, and most of all – to have them as dear friends for the rest of my life.

So, that’s all for now folks. If you took the time to read all of this, thank you. If you’re a fan of mine or the band’s, thank you (again) for all of the support you’ve given me / us over the years. I’ve had many wonderful experiences in my career thus far, and none of them would’ve been possible if it weren’t for you all.

Please continue to follow and support Good Tiger (I certainly will be!), and stay tuned for whatever thing life throws at me next. I look forward to it, whatever “it” is. Much love everyone!

–Alex Rudinger (Rudi)”

The band added:

“Alex has decided to part ways with Good Tiger, to pursue other opportunities. We fully support him in his decision and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

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Alex Rudinger To Miss Good Tiger’s Immediate Touring

Good Tiger drummer Alex Rudinger will be missing the band’s immediate touring “due to private matters.” The band commented:

“Unfortunately due to private matters Alex will not be able to complete the remaining dates of our headline tour. Chicago and Ferndale shows will be going ahead, however we have had to cancel our show tonight in St Paul due to adverse weather conditions. Our shows with Protest The Hero will also go ahead with a fill-in drummer. Please give Alex his privacy during this time. We appreciate your support and understanding.”

Jason Suecof & Alex Rüdinger Recorded A Metal Version Of The “Rick And Morty”Theme For Last Night’s Episode

Last night’s episode of “Rick And Morty” featured a metal version of the them song during the credits. This version was recorded by producer/musician Jason Suecof, who has worked with Trivium, Chimaira, etc., and Good Tiger drummer Alex Rüdinger, Check that out below:

[via The PRP]

Alex Rüdinger (Ex-The Faceless) To Drum For Obscura On Summer Slaughter Tour

Obscura drummer, Sebastian Lanser will not be performing with the band at their upcoming shows, due to a hand injury. This has resulted in the band canceling their appearance at Progstage Festival, Tel Aviv and Metaldays Festival Slovenia. However, the group will still be playing the Summer Slaughter tour, with Alex Rüdinger (ex-The Faceless) filling in on drums. The band posted the following:

Alex Rudinger To Drum For Revocation On Upcoming Tour

In a new interview conducted by MetalSucks, Alex Rudinger (ex-The Faceless) revealed that he would be handling the drumming duties for Revocation’s upcoming tour, with The Contortionist, Fallujah and Toothgrinder. He will be filling in for Phil Dubois-Coyne, who is recovering from a broken arm.

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Geoffrey Ficco Leaves The Faceless

Vocalist, Geoffrey Ficco has announced his departure from The Faceless. He is the third member to exit the band, following Evan Brewer and Alex Rüdinger, who exited earlier this year. Michael Keene is now the only remaining member of The Faceless.

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Ficco issued the following statement to Lambgoat:

“After nearly four years with the band, I have decided to leave The Faceless to pursue new opportunities. Thank you to the fans of the band, as well as the past and present members of The Faceless, for the unforgettable experience. One of the projects I will now have more time to focus on is my black metal band Ys, which just released an album in November. Thanks everybody.”

The Faceless Lose Two Members

The Faceless have parted ways with their drummer and bassist. Evan Brewer and Alex Rüdinger have both announced their departures, via their individual Facebook pages. Both members decided to leave the band, in order to pursue other endeavors.

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Brewer issued the following statement:

“After almost four years of good times with The Faceless I’ve decided to leave the band. I just feel that it’s time for me to make this move because I want to make new music, do more teaching, and to also have availability for any musical opportunities that may arise. The Faceless is a full time band and they need members who can commit to that schedule. I would like to thank the fans of the band for embracing me and encourage them to continue their support of The Faceless.”

Rüdinger issued the following statement:

“After much thought I’ve decided that it is time for me to leave The Faceless to pursue other projects and seek out other opportunities. I will be looking for work; I love touring, writing, and recording and plan on doing all of these things for a long time to come. I would like to thank the band, as well as every person that attended a show in the last two years. I saw a lot of places and made some great friends along the way; it was a great experience.

I’d also like to apologize to any fans that were planning on coming out to see me with the band next week at Knotfest, as well as Europe next month. I’m sure I will see you all again at some point in the future!

I wish the band the best of luck, I have no doubts they will continue onward. Thanks.”

UPDATE: Michael Keene has since commented on the departures:

“To put any rumors to rest, The Faceless fully intend to play on the Protest The Hero tour with The Contortionist. We have already been jamming with some people that I think Faceless fans will be truly excited to hear are becoming involved in the group. This is something that needed to happen for a lot of reasons and everyone is going to come out stronger for it. I feel a sense of joy in The Faceless and I think everyone will pick up on that when they see us play.

We will be announcing new members very soon. Stay tuned. It’s exciting stuff.”