Guitarist Bo Madsen Leaves Mew

Guitarist Bo Madsen Leaves Mew
Proggy Danes Mew just released their album +- earlier this year, but they're going to have go about promoting it without founding guitarist Bo Madsen, who has left the band.

Mew confirmed the news with a statement on their website. It doesn't offer a reason for Madsen's departure, saying only that he is leaving the group "for the time being" and that his bandmates will be continuing on without him. Guitarist Mads Wegner will be filling in for Madsen for upcoming tour dates.

The statement is as follows:

After 20 years playing together in Mew, the band and Bo Madsen have decided to part ways for the time being.

At present the rest of us will continue with Mew.

We are happy to tell you that guitarist Mads Wegner will be joining us on our upcoming shows, and we look forward to seeing you all out there.

Thank you for your understanding and support,

Jonas, Johan and Silas

It's not impossible to imagine Madsen returning to the band sometime in the future: bassist John Wohlert left the group in 2006, but rejoined in 2013 to reunite the band's original lineup, which also includes frontman Jonas Bjerre and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen.

See Mew's complete tour schedule below. It includes a North American fall leg with the Dodos.

Tour dates:

07/15 Grimstad, Norway - Skral Festival
07/18 Nordfjordeid, Norway - Malakoff Festival
08/07-09 Seoul, South Korea - Pentaport Festival
08/11 Beijing, China - Tango
08/13 Shanghai, China - Mao Livehouse
08/15 Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic Festival
08/16 Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic Festival
08/20 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08/21 Powys, UK - Green Man Festival
09/07 San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre *
09/18 Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
09/19 Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse Saloon *
09/25 Hollywood, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
09/26 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
09/28 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
09/29 Vancouver, BC - Venue *
09/30 Seattle, WA - Neumos *
10/02 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex *
10/03 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre *
10/05 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock *
10/06 Chicago, IL - Metro *
10/07 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
10/09 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
10/10 New York, NY - Webster Hall *
10/11 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *

* with the Dodos