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Dead By April Splits With Guitarist Johan Olsson

Dead By April has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with guitarist Johan Olsson: "We are sad to see Johan leave and wish him all luck in the future. Johan leaving will not affect the UK tour we're on right now and it will not affect the upcoming album recordings."

Johan also posted the following statement about the split:

"We have had some differences and been going in different directions for a while and there's always a certain point you reach when you need to really decide if you can go forward together or not. So I have decided to leave Dead by April to focus mainly on my own music and bands. Also give time to my other projects like my clothing company 'Suckerpunch Clothing' as well as of course my family and friends. It is every kids dream to be a 'rockstar' and you always have to balance the good against the bad.

"I genuinely love the lifestyle, touring, playing live, practicing and all that surrounds a rock band so I am in no way giving up on music or being a musician at all. You have not seen the last of me. On the contrary it's an opportunity for me to take the path that I want and that is more important than anything else right now. So I won`t be participating at all on the new album and I will also not participate in the UK tour.

"That`s the way life is sometimes and people go separate ways but that doesn`t mean I`m not proud of what we have done and accomplished in the years I have been in the band. Huge thanks everyone who supported me, my sponsors, our manager, labels, booking agents and of course all you fans who have made this so remarkable. I will miss you guys for sure!

"Also of course special thanks to all the guys in the band, we've been thru alot together. It's been a hell of a ride. Respect to you all and I truly wish you the best of luck in the future. Catch you on the flipside..."

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