William Beckett comments on the end of the Academy Is…, and what lies ahead

October 8, 2011 by Tyler Common

William Beckett comments on the end of the Academy Is…, and what lies ahead

William Beckett, frontman of the Academy Is..., has commented on the band's breakup announcement.

Read the statement from his blog, below.

I’m having a hard time starting this.  I could say something like “pride comes before the fall”, or “the skill in attending a party is knowing when to leave”.  Rather, I’m going to just come out and be honest.  The September show in New York was the last show for The Academy Is.  While this is a very difficult decision to make, I believe in my heart that it is the right decision to make.  For years there has been a growing distance felt within the band as we’ve progressed, both geographically and artistically and instead of trying to patch the holes we’re left with, my heart tells me its time to move on with the next chapter in our lives.  I want to thank the fans, the world’s greatest, for all of your love and support over the years.  You helped shape who we are today and will continue to do so as we move toward what’s coming up around the corner.

While this is the end of 8 unforgettable years of TAI, this is not the end of my story.  Not by a long shot.  I will be working on a new record in the coming months and have never felt more freedom and inspiration to create my best and most honest work yet.  Obviously that means we won’t be going out on the Jack’s Mannequin tour but you should all still go since Andrew is one of our best friends and puts on an amazing show - you can get tickets here: http://www.jacksmannequin.com/tour

Many of you have told me before how my words have helped you through tough or transitional times in your lives.  You are the reason I make music.  I hope I can count on your support as I embark upon new and exciting waters.

You can count on mine.

-William

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