Gerard Love to leave Teenage Fanclub after nearly 30 years

The veteran Scottish band will part ways with their founding bassist following their final scheduled live date of 2018

Teenage Fanclub have announced that their bassist and founding member Gerard Love will leave the band at the end of the year.

Love will depart the long-running Scottish band after nearly 30 years, having co-founded Teenage Fanclub back in 1989. The bassist, who also performed vocal duties, was one of the band’s three principal songwriters alongside Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley.

The move will come into effect following Teenage Fanclub’s last scheduled show of 2018, which is set to take place on November 15 at London’s Electric Ballroom. In a statement posted to the band’s social media channels today (August 20), Love’s departure was attributed to “a continuing and sadly unresolvable difference of opinion” on their upcoming touring plans.


“Following discussions within the band going back several months there is a continuing and sadly unresolvable difference of opinion on whether the band should proceed with proposed touring plans,” the statement reads.

“So after that London show, Gerry will be separating from the band, and Teenage Fanclub will be continuing without him. The band wish Gerry all the best in his future musical endeavours.”

See the full statement below.

You can see the dates of Love’s final UK shows with Teenage Fanclub below, and find any remaining tickets here.

29 – Barrowland, Glasgow
30 – Barrowland, Glasgow
31 – Barrowland, Glasgow


5 – Academy 3, Manchester
6 – Academy 3, Manchester
7 – Academy 3, Manchester
9 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
10 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
11 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
13 – Electric Ballroom, London
14 – Electric Ballroom, London
15 – Electric Ballroom, London

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