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A Distant Calm Parting With Guitarist Alex Rieth

Guitarist Alex Rieth from Arizona outfit A Distant Calm has issued the following statement online about parting ways with the group:

"Hey, guys! Alex here. I have a public service announcement for you all! I have thought very long and deeply on this decision, but I regret\am happy to inform you that I have decided to resign from the band.

"I regret it in the way that I will no longer be a part of this amazing thing that I helped create over five years ago. Leaving the music, the fans and above all my brothers is a very painful thing to do. BUT, I am happy about it because I will be moving on with my life in many exciting ways, and the band will do likewise.

"Among the myriad of reasons for this decision, my health is the biggest. I cannot perform in this band the way that the band needs me too, and it is getting increasingly harder to maintain the energy we've established at our live shows due to certain health issues. Bummer.

"But with all of that being said, on a more personal note to you, the fans that are reading this now: Thank you. As sincere as a person can be, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support, love, excitement and joy we've all shared together. Ever since I was a child, this has always been my dream. And up until now, I have achieved every goal I set for myself. And I could never have done it without each and every one of you. So again, I say thank you, for allowing me to live my dream.

"One last note to add: With all that mushiness said, I will not be departing JUST yet. We have a show June 5th at Pub Rock with some of my absolute favorite local bands that I would love all you to attend and one more, much BIGGER announcement that I can't quite spill the beans on yet, that I will be partaking in. SO, seeing as how you guys have come this far with me, why not send me off with a bang? We'll be selling tickets soon...let's get rowdy."

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