Drummer Chris Pennie Quits Coheed and Cambria

Drummer Chris Pennie Quits Coheed and Cambria
Long-running prog-influenced post-hardcore act Coheed and Cambria have suffered another blow to their lineup, with drummer Chris Pennie today (November 3) announcing his departure from the group. The split seems to be amicable, though, and not as intense as the band's earlier shake-up this year, when bassist Michael Todd left the fold following an armed robbery incident.

"I am very thankful for the times I shared the stage with the guys in Coheed and especially want to thank the amazing, supportive fans that I've met while on tour," Pennie (far right in the photo above) said in a statement, explaining that he wanted to focus on his other music and business ventures. "There are a lot of exciting projects on the horizon in addition to Return to Earth and Fight Mannequins that I feel require 100 percent of my commitment and attention. I feel that this is the right time to make that happen."

His now ex-bandmates commented on his exit via their Facebook page, praising the percussionist while looking forward to their own future.

"Tough decisions were made today that will help shape this band for the coming years," the band wrote. "We extend our deepest appreciation to Chris Pennie for an incredible journey," the band wrote.

Coheed and Cambria have yet to announce a replacement drummer, but the situation isn't anything new to the group. Coheed and Cambria have filled the seat in the past, either long-term or temporarily, with a few other drummers, including Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, who recorded on 2007's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow.