Killswitch Engage Split With Singer Howard Jones
Thu, 05 Jan 2012 08:42:13
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Killswitch Engage, one of our favorite bands of the '00s, have parted ways with singer Howard Jones. Jones replaced original singer Jesse Leach in 2002 and the band went on to enjoy major success on tour, on the radio and with metal fans. The band really was one of the best and brightest of its generation and the good news is that the rest of the band will be moving forward without Jones. They're too good to stop.
Jones sat out the band's last major tour and the band hasn't played a show in quite some time, but rumors have circulated that he might be on his way out, but that was over two years ago.
Below is the band's statement on the matter:
"To our family, friends and fans: We have decided to continue on without Howard Jones as the singer of Killswitch Engage. We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we've had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well. He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for all the support throughout the years and for sticking by us for all this time. We really do appreciate it and we very much look forward to having a new record for all of you in the not too distant future that we can all be proud of. Sincerely, Adam, Joel, Mike & Justin."
Who should replace Howard Jones? And please, no '80s nu wave singer jokes, guys!
—Frank TJ Mackey