Snow Patrol Drop Mark McClelland

Published: 2005-03-17
Irish quartet, Snow Patrol, has announced that long-time bass player Mark McClelland is no longer one of their ranks. The band's 2003 album "The Final Straw" turned out to be their breakthrough, and with massive success also comes massive pressure, the effects of which has been felt with McClelland's sacking.

Through an official statement, Snow Patrol offered this: "Following a life-changing year in 2004, Snow Patrol found themselves under a whole set of new and unexpected pressures. These pressures have unfortunately taken their toll on working relationships within the band, and it was felt that Snow Patrol could not move forward with Mark as a member."

Lead singer, Gary Lightbody, expressed his thoughts through a more personal note on Snow Patrol's web site ( "I started the group with Mark 10 years ago and he was a massive part of Snow Patrol and my life throughout that decade÷This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, and believe us when we say we didn't make it lightly. It got to the stage that things couldn't go on as they were, so we felt there was no other course of action but this."

Snow Patrol plan to carry on without McClelland, and are currently in some remote Irish location working on the follow-up to "Final Straw". Fortunately, their North American tour is still on, including four stops in Canada; although Snow Patrol haven't replaced McClelland yet, a bassist will fill-in on the May jaunt.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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