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Alexisonfire Officially Disbands

Alexisonfire vocalist George Pettit has checked in with the following announcement about the group deciding to call it a day due to lineup changes, offers from other bands, and personal issues:

"There is no good way to put it so I’m just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonfire has decided to part ways. I’m going to try to give you the facts about this as best as I can.

"Almost a year ago Dallas informed us that he would be leaving Alexis after we finished our Old Crows/Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City and Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his effort on City and Colour.

"Under the knowledge Dallas was leaving, we completed the Dogs Blood EP and toured Europe, Australia and Canada,. Our last show in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 2010 was poised to be be the last ever Alexisonfire concert with a lineup as we knew it. In the meantime, the rest of us discussed the future of the band. After much deliberation, we decided to continue and attempt the difficult task of replacing Dallas, but time got the best of us. Over the last six months we all dealt with a litany of personal issues, which pulled us further and further from Alexisonfire.

"In addition to that, Wade was recently asked to join another band and felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue.

"Replacing one guitar player/singer/writer was something we thought was possible, but replacing two would run the serious risk of perverting the legacy of what we had achieved. So we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly.

"Was the break up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the members of this band are my family and I wish them nothing but good fortune.

"As for myself, Jordan and Christopher, the future is largely unwritten. I would say this is my retirement from the business of playing music, but that feels too much like famous last words. Keep your ear to the ground. There could be any number of possibilities for new projects from the remaining members of Alexis.

"We have talked about doing several special releases around our 10-year anniversary and also doing a final run of shows in Canada as a farewell tour. Everything is still in the planning stages. We will release details as soon as they come to us.

"In closing I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the fans of Alexisonfire around the world. I’m forever grateful to anyone who has ever taken any interest in what we did. You were the coal that stoked our engines. You have given us a spectacular decade, rich with experience and joy. I love you all.

"Take solace in the fact that you live in one of the most exciting musical eras. Try to support some of your local independent artists in the same way that you supported us. A life of musical exploration is a rich and fulfilling one."

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13 Comments on "Alexisonfire Calls It Quits"

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1. Silver writes:

Surprised! I got so used to seeing these guys on every awards show. Like Canadiana. Will miss the short guy. They were actually GOOD compared to many of the other acts. Junos get much more lame won't watch them.

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2. btbamfav20 writes:

NOOOOO!!!! Seriously, just as they were getting good, they break up... I never seen them live, i f***in feel like sh**...

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# Aug 6, 2011 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Boots545 writes:

About time

# Aug 6, 2011 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. XWigglesX writes:

Good

# Aug 7, 2011 @ 1:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. st catharines meatlhead writes:

to bad that these guys r gone cuz st catharines was put on the map with these guys...... well hope the best for u all

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6. n0thinghead writes:

really hope to see that farewell tour pull thru.

# Aug 8, 2011 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Rosa writes:

Wish I could've seen them on tour

Oh well. I bet the side projects should be interesting

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8. OlafBerzerker writes:

cant fault Dallas for sticking with C and C, saw them 2 weeks ago up here and they put on a good show. Probably alittle more room to expand musically id think.

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9. Thunderworks writes:

Thank God!

# Aug 11, 2011 @ 3:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. tothedramaqueensandmorons writes:

why do people feel the need to post things like "thank god" or "about time" ? If you don't like the band you probablly don't listen to them so why would u care if they are till around or not? does not make much sense

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11. Floridadeathmetal666 writes:

lol ^..... this band shouldent even be on metal ( underground) haha.

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12. btbamfav20 writes:

^??? I hear more metal riffs in their last albums than in some Faith No More songs, yet they're on here...

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13. psythe writes:

The best thing about Alexisonfire is their song names. If the songs actually lived up to their names, I'd be upset by this news. Only other reason I can think of to care about them is the laughs I get when people call them 'Alex Is On Fire' - in fact, they really should've called themselves that haha it's brilliant :)

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