The Offspring Part Ways With Drummer Pete Parada

The Offspring have parted ways with Pete Parada. The drummer claims he was fired from the band after refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Parada, said the following:

“I’ve got some unfortunate and difficult news to share. I know many of my close friends and family would’ve preferred to hear this privately first — and I apologize for the public nature of my disclosure, but I don’t know how to have this conversation multiple times.

Given my personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs, my doctor has advised me not to get a shot at this time.

I caught the virus over a year ago, it was mild for me — so I am confident I’d be able to handle it again, but I’m not so certain I’d survive another post-vaccination round of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which dates back to my childhood and has evolved to be progressively worse over my lifetime. Unfortunately for me, (and my family — who is hoping to keep me around a bit longer) the risks far outweigh the benefits.

Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate — it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour. I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows.

I also want to share my story so that anyone else experiencing the agony and isolation of getting left behind right now — knows they’re not entirely alone.

I have no negative feelings towards my band. They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same. Wishing the entire Offspring family all the best as they get back at it!

I’m heartbroken not to be seeing my road community, and I will miss connecting with the fans more than I can express in words.

While my reason for not getting this jab is medical, I want to make sure I’m not carving out a space that is only big enough for me. I need to state, unequivocally, that I support informed consent — which necessitates choice unburdened by coercion.

I do not find it ethical or wise to allow those with the most power (government, corporations, organizations, employers) to dictate medical procedures to those with the least power.

There are countless folks (like me) for whom these shots carry a greater risk than the virus. Most of us don’t publicly share a private decision we made in careful consideration with our doctors. We know it’s not an easy conversation to unfold.

If it looks like half the population is having a shockingly different reaction to these jabs than was expected — it’s probably because their life experiences have actually been shockingly different, and their reasons range from a conscientious risk/benefit analysis, to the financial inability to take time off work/lack of health care in the event of potential side-effects, to an understandable distrust in a system that has never prioritized the health or well-being of their communities.

I hope we can learn to make room for all the perspectives and fears that are happening currently. Let’s avoid the unfortunate tendency to dominate, dehumanize and shout down at each other. The hesitant population is not a monolithic group. All voices deserve to be heard.

In the meantime, I’m in the midst of launching a project and releasing some music with my daughter, so please stay tuned for all of that. I deeply appreciate your understanding and support as my family and I find a new way forward.

Sending love to everyone who has been impacted by this pandemic, in all the ways lives have been lost and altered.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Drummer Josh Miller Exits Emmure

Drummer Josh Miller has officially exited Emmure. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

Miller said the following:

“It is with heavy heart that I will be stepping down from Emmure. I have been with my dudes for almost 5 years now. Some of the best years of my life. I’ve been all over the world, met so many new friends, and have had memories you can never get anywhere else.

I am so grateful for Frankie, for bringing us along on this amazing journey and being a great friend to me and always looking out for us. I am so grateful for Josh for always being my big brother and inspiring me to the max on a daily basis. Josh changed my life in so many ways as a musician and always pushed me to be better and do better and I’ll hold that with me forever. He is hands down the most talented person I’ve ever met in my life. No one like him.

I am grateful to all the fans that welcomed me with warm hearts and showed me love and support. without you guys it’s not possible. this isn’t the end of me playing drums or not seeing all of you again. just a new chapter. see you all soon.”

Autopsy Part Ways With Bassist Joe Trevisano

Autopsy have parted ways with Joe Trevisano. The bassist is leaving the group to focus on his family life.

The band commented:

“Autopsy news update…

Surreal as it is, our long time bass player and friend Joe Trevisano has left the band.

Joe has been making records and kicking ass on stage all over the world with us for the entire chapter two of Autopsy going back to 2008. And before that he was in Abscess going back to 1997, and even before that…we knew Joe from the local scene around 1991 when he was in Von, so we have a long history together. Let it be known the split is on good terms.

Joe has decided to shift his focus to his family and we support him on this 100% and will always consider him part of the Autopsy gang.

In the meantime fear not, Autopsy will continue to forge ahead and we will keep you all posted on developments. We are not done crushing your skulls yet, so consider yourselves warned.”

Bassist Lexxi Foxx Exits Steel Panther

Steel Panther have parted ways with bassist Lexxi Foxx. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

The group commented:

“The End of an Era

The great pandemic of 2020-2037 has affected all of us. For some though, it has opened doors of opportunity and been a catalyst to seek out one’s true calling in life. This is Lexxi’s story. He started his side business, “Sexy Lexxi’s Prettiest Pets,” to bring in money for Botox during the lockdown. But something miraculous happened. He realized that his love for making pets pretty was greater than his love for being pretty himself. Lexxi discovered a greater love. Possibly, the greatest love of all.

Lexxi has chosen to hang up his mirror and focus on his newfound passion. Making ugly dogs pretty. Anyway, after nearly 40 years of rocking together and taking Steel Panther from the Viper Room to headlining Wembley Arena, it is with heavy hearts – but great heavy metal memories – that we bid Lexxi Foxx farewell. We love you and we wish you a wonderful future putting eyeliner on chihuahuas.

Steel Panther will continue to rock the world. And though we may not ever find a bassist quite as beautiful as Lexxi, it shouldn’t be hard to find one to match his towering intellect.

Good Luck… And goodbye Lexxi Foxx!!”

Bury Tomorrow Part Ways With Guitarist/Vocalist Jason Cameron

Bury Tomorrow have parted ways with guitarist/vocalist Jason Cameron. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

The band issued the following statement:

“The past 18 months have been challenging for everyone. The music industry in particular has been completely turned on its head. We’ve had a lot of time to reflect individually on what we want out of life and more so out of Bury Tomorrow. During this time of reflection it has become apparent that we aren’t all on the same page and haven’t been for some time.

We’re so proud of everything we have achieved so far as a 5 and are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported us along the way but after many discussions, ourselves and Jason have agreed that in order to progress how we all intend, we will be parting ways.

We know whatever Jase goes on to do next, he will bring the same love and passion he brought to Bury Tomorrow.

We are excited to see what this new chapter of Bury Tomorrow has in store for us. We hope your love and support will continue and we cannot wait to see the Team BT faithful at our upcoming shows.”

Bassist Matt DiRito Exits Pop Evil

Bassist Matt DiRito has announced his departure from Pop Evil. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

DiRito issued the following statement:

So long, but not goodbye.

The time has come for me to part ways with Pop Evil.

The decision has been made that I will not be joining them on their upcoming tour, or any future tours.

Walking away from something I’ve helped build is not easy- but it is the best thing for the band, myself and our respective futures. Pop Evil will continue on and so will I, just not together.

The details surrounding my departure are only known by a few people, and respectfully it will remain that way.

Having the opportunity to meet so many fans across the world is something that has made a lasting impression on my heart. I would have loved to play for you all one more time, and I am sorry that it did not work out that way. I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your endless support and love.

I wish Pop Evil nothing but success in all of their future endeavors and I am thankful for the time (2007-2021) that I was able to be part of it. ~Matt DiRito”

Guitarist Olly Steele Exits Monuments

Guitarist Olly Steele has announced his departure from Monuments. A replacement has yet to be announced.

The band commented:

“With a heavy heart, today we announce that Olly Steele is stepping away from Monuments.

You can read Ollys statement below.

We’re also releasing a limited batch of 8-bit style t-shirts & posters, to commemorate the end of this form of our line-up. These can be ordered from our website thisismonuments.co

All profits will go to mind.org.uk to support those in need of mental health support.”

Steele added:

“What’s cracking. I’m stepping down from Monuments.

It’s been ten incredible years of highs and lows and I’m extremely grateful for the entire experience.

It’s been a huge part of my life and many of the amazing memories and interactions will stay with me forever.

I’ve been around the world a good few times and met so many inspiring people and learned so much.
You can’t buy that shit.

Monuments is an amazing opportunity with some amazing players but ultimately at this point in my life I feel like I’ve had the experience and I’ve said what I am able to say musically with the group.

Monuments deserve someone who is inspired and driven and I can’t offer that like I did when I was 19 so I’m making the move.

I’m still gonna make music and continue with my current projects and collabs, with the initial focus being more solo music.

After that who knows, the endless possibilities are really exciting.

Huge thanks to the boys for being there whilst we achieved so many great things together.

And special thanks to the band for rolling the dice on a little raw mouthy teen with basically only potential to offer.

Like everyone else I’m more than excited to see what Monuments do next. I was a fan first and now I’m a fan again. Thanks to everyone who supported in whatever way that may have manifested, none of this could have happened without the people behind us.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before you hear from me again.

Till then take care, much love and thank you.

– Olly”

Igorrr Announce New Lineup

Igorrr have parted ways with vocalists Laurent Lunoir and Laure Le Prunenec. JB Le Bail and Aphrodite Patoulidou will be taking their places. Furthermore, guitarist Martyn Clement has since joined the band as well.

The group issued the following statement:

“Few updates to share with you ! We are working hard for all the summer shows at the moment! Covid didn’t help us a lot, to say the least, but this led us to very positive changes in the band :

Laurent decided to not get vaccinated, according to his personal beliefs. Even if we disagree with him, we respect his decision of course, however this has some consequences, regarding his ability to travel with us mainly, so, to be part of the line-up for the future. To say it shortly, Laurent is not a part of the project anymore.

In the meantime, Laure informed us, after this weird “off” period in our artistic journey that she wanted more time to focus on her private life and didn’t show up at the rehearsals. As well, we fully support her.

We are of course sad to see a page of Igorrr to be over, and we wish them the best for the future, but this led us to the awesome news : we are welcoming 3 new incredible people in the band: first, the greek soprano Aphrodite Patoulidou and JB Le Bail as our new vocalists, and finally Martyn Clement as our guitar player.

It is, as challenging as exciting for us, to present to our audience this new live performance, where we’ll play many songs from our last album “Spirituality and Distortion“, plus, of course, some good ol’ Igorrr‘s tunes. Can’t wait to see you, and thanks for your support all those years 🤘🏼”

Guitarist Blake Hardman Exits Counterparts

Blake Hardman has announced his departure from Counterparts. The guitarist issued the following statement on his official Twitter account:

“I am no longer a part of Counterparts. Thank you to everyone who supported me and the records I was a large part of. The memories and friends I made playing in the band will be cherished forever. I have 4 tracks I was gonna use for the newer record that I will probably just track vocals for and post somewhere for anyone who’s interested in hearing em’.”

Guitarist Parker Lundgren Exits Queensrÿche

Parker Lundgren has announced his departure from Queensrÿche. The guitarist is leaving the group to “pursue other business ventures.”

The band commented:

“Hello Queensryche Fans,

Parker Lundgren, guitarist for Queensryche, has recently decided to step down to pursue other business ventures, which he has become very invested in over the past couple of years. For over a decade it has been a great pleasure watching him evolve and flourish as a guitarist, song writer, and most importantly, a wonderful human being.

Parker will always be family to us and we wish him all the success in the world with his new endeavors.

Take hold, Brother!”

Lundgren added:

“For several years I have been deeply immersed in collecting and selling guitars, as well as rare and fascinating musical instruments. This passion led to the opening of my guitar store “Diablo Guitars” in 2019. Since then my business has grown and I recently acquired a storefront with a full service repair shop. In 2020 my wife and I opened “Lucky Devil Latte”, which has quickly expanded to multiple locations. With these new endeavors and ensuing responsibilities, my time to devote to Queensryche has become increasingly strained and I no longer am able to commit the time and focus it deserves.

For these reasons I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as guitarist in Queensryche. I want to thank my friends, family, and fans for making the past 13 years an amazing journey. I wish nothing but the best for my fellow band members, crew and everyone who has supported us. I hope to have your continued support as I pursue new ventures.”