Confirming rumors swirling around the band, Cute Is What We Aim For drummer Tom Falcone has announced that he has left the Buffalo, New York-based group. Falcone has released the following statement regarding his departure:

"To all our fans who have had questions about my leaving the band – First off, I want to thank you for supporting me during my time with the Cute, as well as now. I also want to thank you all for congratulating me on my decision, and your words of encouragement have meant the world to me. Let me put the rumors to rest for you – I simply left the band because the personality conflicts and daily drama made it impossible for me to live a peaceful, happy life. I made it clear to Shaant that I would be leaving and explained why. I assure you that no one came looking for me. Shaant, Dave, and Jeff know fully and without a doubt that they left me no choice. There should be no question whatsoever. I will miss touring, playing my drums daily and the incredibly wonderful people I met along the way.

Thank you all again, because without you, I would have never made it this long.

I am comfortable with my decsion and am confident that I did all that I could, working to the best of my ability. I am walking away with my self respect and my dignity in tact.

Good luck to Cute, I wish you nothing but the best."

This is not CIWWAF’s first defection in their somewhat brief life as a band; bassist Fred Cimato left the group in October 2006, only to be replaced by Jack Marin, who also quit mid-tour in April 2007 only to be replaced by Cimato. Cimato again quit the band earlier this year, with David Melillo stepping in for him. As of press time, the band are continuing on their Canadian tour with Simple Plan and Metro Station with a fill-in drummer (dates below); no permanent replacement has been revealed yet:

Sep 3 2008 8:00P
Coliseum Vancouver, BC

Sep 5 2008 8:00P
Rexall Centre Edmonton, AB

Sep 6 2008 8:00P
Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary, AB

Sep 8 2008 8:00P
Credit Union Centre Saskatoon, SK

Sep 9 2008 8:00P
MTS Centre Winnipeg, MB

Sep 13 2008 8:00P
Bell Centre Montreal, QC