“I just got overwhelmed” - Nine Inch Nails bassist Eric Avery quits band

May 16 2013, 12:05 PM EDT By Bridjet Mendyuk

Nine Inch Nails bassist Eric Avery has quit the band as of May 15, 2013. In a public statement via Facebook, Avery wrote:

"Its with very mixed emotions i tell you all that im pulling out of NIN. i know. its been a tough call and i don’t know if its the right one. but i really want to focus on my musical life here in la, on film work in particular. as the tour dates kept growing… i just got overwhelmed. i just got home from a year of heavy travel with garbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that nails demands… fortunately my friend Trent understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14. go get em gentlemen."

The band start their 2013 tour in July. They have yet to announce Avery's fill-in.