New Found Glory part ways with guitarist Steve Klein

US pop-punk band assure fans they plan to carry on despite departure of founder member

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New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein has left the band, it has been confirmed.

Klein had been a member of the US pop-punk act since they formed in 1997. Confirming his exit in a statement published on their official website today (December 13), the band make it clear that iKlein was asked to leave the band, with "differences" between the guitarist and his bandmates cited as the reason.

New Found Glory expect to replace Klein ahead of their appearance on Paramore's 'Parahoy' cruise tour in March 2014 and will work on a new studio album with the replacement in 2014. The statement reads as follows: "It is with heavy hearts that we must let you know that Steve Klein is no longer a part of New Found Glory. We've had our differences with Steve over the years that have led us to this decision. We love Steve however personal differences have guided this decision and we no longer feel we can work with him. Rest assured that New Found Glory will still go on!"

The statement continues, "After the Parahoy Cruise we are planning to write a new record and start this new chapter for our band. We have not decided on who will fill Steve's position however we will let you know our plans as soon as we figure that out. We love you, our fans, so much and appreciate your dedication and loyalty to our band. We hope you stick by us during this difficult time."

New Found Glory released live album 'Kill It Live' earlier this year. In total, the group have released seven studio albums, including their most recent album, 2011's 'Radio Surgery'. The band have also released three covers albums, including 'From The Screen To Your Stereo' and 'From The Screen To Your Stereo II' in which they cover songs from films.

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