By Jason SchreursTexas metal band the Sword have announced the departure of drummer Trivett Wingo, as well as the cancellation of their remaining U.S. tour dates. The band were in the middle of tour, still slated to play a string of dates on the East coast, finishing in Chicago on October 23, but have postponed all tour dates until further notice.
According to a press release from the band, the split with Wingo is amicable and the band are working on rescheduling not only the cancelled U.S. tour dates, but also a previously cancelled European tour. And we know that bands always say splits are "amicable," but judging by the the Sword and Wingo's heartfelt statements, we can't help but believe them.
"We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell," the remaining members of the Sword said in the press release. "He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band's success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn't be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It's been a hell of a ride, and we're sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on though, and will be back on the road as soon as humanly possible."
Wingo, who had been with the band since their inception in 2003, also issued a press release, saying, "It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from the Sword. After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of the Sword. If I could go any further, I would, as I love the music and JD, Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can't do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which, the Sword."
The Sword were touring for their most recent album, 2010's Warp Riders.