Bassist Yves Huts Splits With Epica, MaYaN's Rob Van Der Loo To Replace
Dutch symphonic band Epica, who are in the midst of the world tour in support of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (reviewed here), has split with bassist Yves Huts. Huts was one of the founding members of the band and has decided to leave to pursue his own business. In an announcement on the band's website, it was stated:
"It is with sadness that we announce that Yves Huts and Epica have decided to part ways. Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band. We want to thank Yves for his contribution to Epica's success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different way. We will never forget the good times we shared together on the road!!"
Huts also made a farewell statement to the fans:
013 is the venue where we did our first show with Epica and, almost a decade later, also my last. I'm leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world touring band. I've tried to live these two different lives simultaniously for as long as I could but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life. I look back to these 10 years in Epica satisfied and enriched with life experience. As a founding member I'm proud of what we've achieved so far and I'm sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band.
"I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck.
"Those of you that might be interested in any possible future musical plans of mine can visit my artist page on facebook.
The band has named Rob Van Der Loo (MaYaN) as Huts' replacement:
"The silver lining to this cloud is that we can already announce an awesome successor. Fulfilling duties on bass from now on will be none other than Rob van der Loo. You might know Rob from his work with MaYaN or Delain. We are sure that Rob will fit perfectly as a musician and as a person, and we are looking forward to share the stage for the first time next week."
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