Chiodos have announced that they have parted ways with their frontman, Craig Owens. His last show with the band was Aug. 23 at the Los Angeles stop of Warped Tour. The band's statement reads as follows:
“To all of our friends, family, and fans: We would like to let you know that we have let Craig Owens go as the singer of Chiodos. This decision was a necessary one. Out of respect for all of the hard work that we have put in together for all of these years we will not be discussing the specific reasons that this needed to happen. We wish Craig well . We will absolutely be continuing on as a band and we will keep you informed as this next chapter unfolds. Chiodos fans are the best fans in the world and all we can ask of you, after everything you have already given us, is to share in our excitement for this next album. We promise you will not be disappointed…………Brad, Jason, Pat, and Matt”
This is the second member of Chiodos to get the boot this year; drummer Derrick Frost was served his walking papers in May.
No official comment has been issued by Owens at this time; earlier today, he tweeted, “Home for months – first time in a long time. I plan to write a song everyday, take vocal lessons & become much better at what I already do.” He also recently announced plans for a solo covers EP.
Two days ago, Chiodos keyboardist Bradley Bell tweeted, “You've become inconvinient,” which one can only assume relates to this decision.