Evanescence Bassist William Boyd Departs
According to MTV.com, Evanescence bassist William Boyd apparently left the band last month. Frontwoman Amy Lee broke the news to the band's fans late Thursday in a post to the Evanescence online message board. "A few weeks ago, Will decided to leave the band," she wrote. "He said that he just can't go through with another huge tour right now, and wants to stay a little closer to his family instead."
Lee said that touring "is hard you kind of have to sacrifice your life for it. So we can all understand." She added that Evanescence "love Will very much," and that they collectively wish him "nothing but happiness in everything he does. We've been playing music together since I was in junior high. I miss him already."
Lee also assured fans that the departure won't affect the band's schedule. Evanescence's forthcoming album, The Open Door, will still be in stores October 3, and the band's to-be-announced touring plans will not be derailed.
Boyd's departure is the second in recent years for the band. In 2003, one of the founding members, lead guitarist and principal songwriter Ben Moody, exited midway through Evanescence's European tour. Moody was immediately replaced on the road by former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo, who suffered a stroke caused by a torn neck artery eight months ago. He was made a permanent band fixture in 2004.
A spokesperson for the band's label confirmed Boyd's departure Friday morning (July 14).
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