10 surprising line-up changes in 2018 (so far)
It seems every week at the moment another band announces the departure of one of their members. I’ve compiled a list of the ten most shocking line-up changes from the last six months, just in case you missed any of these first time around.
Two pretty surprising personnel changes were announced on two consecutive days in January.
First of all Issues revealed that they’d parted ways with unclean vocalist Michael Bohn, chalking it up to creative differences that were ‘artistically irreconcilable‘. Bohn seemingly contradicted this announcement via Twitter, making this split seem far less amicable than it first appeared.
The following day, Foals revealed that bassist Walter Gervers was leaving the band after 12 years.
Mallory Knox gave their fans a bittersweet Valentine’s gift, as their new music was accompanied by the announcement that vocalist Mikey Chapman was leaving the band. Backing vocalist Sam Douglas stepped into the spotlight, and the band have been touring their asses off ever since.
You might remember that November was a bad time for the pop punk scene. News of sexual misconduct was breaking daily, which led to With Confidence parting ways with Luke Rockets and dropping off of Tonight Alive’s February UK tour. Their replacement, The Gospel Youth, went through the same thing in March, parting ways with vocalist Sam Little after sexually explicit exchanges with a young fan were released on tumblr.
March was also the month that The Used parted ways with guitarist Justin Shekoski (but this wasn’t revealed until May, when they filed a restraining order against him).
April contained the most surprising departure, as Taking Back Sunday parted ways with founding member Eddie Reyes after nearly 20 years together. They explained that it was for ‘personal reasons‘, but no further information has been released.
Shortly before their first appearance at Slam Dunk festival, Holding Absence revealed that they were parting ways with founding member and guitarist Feisal El-Khazragi. Claiming that it was a mutual decision, the reason behind his departure was revealed a few days later when he revealed that he’d joined LOATHE.
At the beginning of June, WSTR announced new album Identity Crisis and released their new promo picture (shown above). Eagle-eyed fans quickly spotted the absence of Danny Swift, who made a statement a few days later notifying their fans that he was leaving to focus on his mental health.
A week later, 30 Seconds To Mars became a duo due to the departure of guitarist Tomo Milicevic, who made a lengthy statement on Twitter. This was less of a surprise, as Milicevic was absent from 30 Seconds To Mars’ live shows at the beginning of the year.
Last, but certainly not least, the announcement which inspired this post. A couple of days ago, Milk Teeth revealed that they’d parted ways with Chris Webb ‘with immediate effect‘, causing them to cancel their July festival appearances. Webb has since deleted all of his social media accounts, which leads me to wonder whether more details will be released regarding this personnel change at some point in the next few weeks…
Which of these personnel changes has shocked you the most?