Dear friends, fans and supporters,
As a result of the overwhelming amount of concern and support that I have received regarding my status with my former band (Farewell, My Love), I feel that I owe my concerned friends and fans a statement with some insight regarding my/our unfortunate departure.
First off, neither Ryan Howell nor myself chose to leave Farewell, My Love. It was as much of a shock to us as it was to all of you. The press statement released by the band simply states that we are no longer a part of Farewell, My Love. We speculate that the decision was made sometime during our recent tour; however, we are unsure of the timeline of the events. We were both notified of this decision shortly after the final show of the tour. Furthermore, neither Ryan nor myself had any contribution to the press statement released by our former band.
Regarding Ryan’s absence during the latter part of the tour, Ryan was diagnosed with a severe back injury. Medical professionals informed him that his continued activity could result in permanent paralysis and demanded that he withdraw from the final dates of the tour. Ryan was intent on finishing the tour, but as his friend, I had to help convince him that it was not in his best interest to do so. The rest of the band elected to continue the tour with Chad on vocals. I agreed to do so as well under the impression that Ryan would return to front the band upon his recovery. Ryan regularly informed me that contact from the band members and their family was nearly non-existent. I was saddened to hear this due to the fact that Ryan has no support group or family members in this country, minus the aforementioned.
I received an e-mail from Robby on August 23, 2014 informing me of Ryan’s dismissal from the band. I was neither informed of nor included in the decision of Ryan’s dismissal prior to this e-mail. The three remaining members of the band had formed the decision without my acknowledgement or approval. On August 24, 2014, I stopped by Robby’s parent’s house to retrieve some of my music equipment and to question them regarding Ryan’s dismissal. I was confronted by Robby and his Father and swiftly informed that I was no longer welcome in the band. I was also informed that I was to be dismissed on August 22, 2014 prior to Ryan’s dismissal; however, scheduling conflicts did not allow this to happen on said date.
Sadly, as if the surprise dismissal from our band wasn’t hard enough to accept, Ryan and I have been subject to hurtful ridicule and false accusation from some of the people, parents and families that we were closest with. I have been informed that some of the parents have even gone as far as contacting fans directly to spread hate and deceit. Unfortunately, this unsophisticated behavior only adds insult to injury. The statement released by the band was rather vague and somewhat deceiving, therefore, implying the idea that Ryan and I had chosen to quit the band. Regarding future endeavors as implied in my former band’s statement, I’m positive that Ryan and I will continue to move forward in the music industry. Due to the fact that we were unaware of our impending termination we had established no upcoming plans prior to this event. I will continue to keep you updated on my future status, events and ventures.
Thank you tremendously for your support and love during this time. I have already made several promising contacts and I assure you that you will see me in another band in the near future.
Thank you again for everything,
Dear friends, fans and supporters,
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