Yellowcard Officially Part Ways With Guitarist

Published: 2005-11-09
Punk-popsters Yellowcard have officially confirmed what fans have suspected for months - guitarist Ben Harper (no, not that one) is no longer in the band. Harper, who had not played with the band for a number of months, will be permanently replaced by Ryan Mendez.

In a statement released on Monday (November 7), Yellowcard revealed that Harper was leaving the band to concentrate on his Takeover Records label. "We know there's been a lot of confusion about the situation with Ben Harper and Yellowcard," the statement read. "Out of respect for all involved we've kept the details private until everything was sorted out."

Band violinist Sean Mackin elaborated on the statement, saying "we've simply grown apart, personally and creatively, which can happen in any relationship. This change is hard for all of us, but Ben will always be our brother."

Harper, for his part, had this to say: "Due to some ongoing tensions within the band, and some great new opportunities with Takeover bands which have recently presented themselves, it seemed time to take my experiences with Yellowcard and apply them to the development of other new artists and new music-centric media projects that I'm planning under the Takeover Records Entertainment Group umbrella."

Yellowcard are currently on tour in the US and will fit in a brief UK jaunt before the end of the year.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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