Saga's Founding Member Michael Sadler Quits After 30 Years
Vocalist and founding member Michael Sadler of Canadian prog band Saga has announced that he is leaving the band after 30 years of affiliation. On the eve of the band's 30th anniversary, he posted that at the end of 2007 he will quit for personal reasons. An excerpt from Sadler's official statement follows:
When I said it was for personal reasons, I was serious.
The easiest way to explain it is in the form of an analogy.
Picture yourself sitting in your office at the same job you’ve happily, and successfully, held for 30 years and one which you find ultimately satisfying. You’re listening to one of your favorite songs of all time, staring out the window - imagining what it must be like standing onstage in front of thousands of devoted fans and constantly being told how great you are and how much you’ve touched their lives with your music! Just think how great that would be!
Now, reverse the situation, and imagine I’m the one looking at you thinking “wouldn’t that be great?” because, believe it or not, that’s how I feel and in some ways, I’m actually envious of you!
As I think about it, I’ve spent more than half of my life focused on my career. Whether traveling or in the studio, I simply haven’t spent a great deal of time at home, wherever that may have been at the time, over the last 30 years!
I suppose what I’m trying to say is, I’ve decided to shift my focus to what now matters most to me and something that has eluded me since we began the band…that something is my family!
As you can well imagine, maintaining a family in the traditional sense is next to impossible when you’re gallivanting around the globe. Calling home to check in when you can, missing birthdays and other important family activities, sending flowers on special occasions to remind those at home that you still exist, is no longer an option for me.
That is why I have decided, not without some degree of regret, to change my lifestyle - and the timing, (which seems to be confusing some of you) couldn’t have come at a better time. I can only hope that you understand me when I say that I feel as though “it’s my turn”!
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