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After many years, Buckcherry and bassist Jimmy Ashhurst have decided to go their separate ways.
In response to recent inquiries from fans, the band took to their official website yesterday to explain the sad situation, writing:
“With heavy hearts and with great difficulty we have decided to part ways with our long time bandmate Jimmy Ashhurst. This was not an easy decision, nor was it a rash decision made in haste. It's not our desire to air dirty laundry or inner band circumstances that brought about this result. Every band has its issues, and while we have gone to great lengths to minimize them and work through them, this band has had its own issues like any other. We in no way wish to put Jimmy in an unfavorable light. Simply put, we felt it was in the best interest of the collective group to find a replacement for Jimmy, for the good of the group as well as the good of Jimmy. This was communicated to him very clearly and with much respect. He was given the opportunity, after many years of freely voicing his extreme level of unhappiness on a daily basis, to step aside. He chose to stay and remain in a situation that not only wasn't working for him, but also was beginning to diminish the collective happiness, creativity, and progress of the band. That, to us, was unacceptable.”They continue, “We feel our fans deserve a band in which all 5 guys you pay your hard earned money to see actually want to be there and are grateful for the opportunity play music. Regardless of half-assed, sideways social media posts to the contrary, that was no longer the case for Jimmy based soley on his actions and daily conversations with him over the past few years. There is no victim here as we have, individually and collectively, attempted to make this a situation that works for all of us. We wish Jimmy the best, he is a great musician.”Buckcherry also notes that they have named Kelly Lemieux as Ashhurst’s replacement for the remainder of the band’s 2013 tour dates, which they are currently playing in support of their latest studio album, Confessions.
Ashhurst has been with Buckcherry since the band was reformed in 2005, and while are sorry to hear of his departure, perhaps it will correct what sounded like an unhealthy situation for the bassist and the rest of the band.
To read Buckcherry’s entire post, head to the band’s official website, and let us know what you think about Jimmy Ashhurst leaving the band in the comments section below!
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