Jim Ward has left At The Drive-In, the band have confirmed.
Ward (pictured above with frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala) was expected to join his bandmates on tour for their first gigs since 2012. However, his relationship with the rest of the band came under scrutiny last year when he was unaware of their plans to play the upcoming live shows when they were announced.
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His departure was confirmed online overnight.I a statement posted to Facebook, the band wrote, “As our ship prepares for voyage, we announce that Jim Ward will not be joining us on future journeys. We wish him well and are excited to see you soon.”
The band will play Vicar Street in Dublin later this month (March 26) and London’s Roundhouse the following day (March 27). They announced a string of live dates around the world, including extensive US gigs and a handful of European shows. Find all their tour dates here.
At The Drive-In will play:
Dublin, Vicar Street (March 26)
London, Roundhouse (March 27)
Late last year the band were revealed as one of the acts on the line-up for Ohio’s Rock On The Range Festival. They will also appear at this year’s Shaky Knees Festival, the Atlanta festival which takes place May 13-15.
These gigs represent At The Drive-In’s first shows since 2012. At The Drive-In reunited for a string of shows, including appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals, four years ago and reissued both their ‘Relationship Of Command’ and ‘Acrobatic Tenement’ albums in the same year.
The band have not played live since headlining London’s Brixton Academy in August 2012. At the time, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler of the band vowed that it would be their final gig.