Weiss announced her departure to fans on Twitter.
“After intense deliberation and with heavy sadness, I have decided to leave Sleater-Kinney,” she wrote. “The band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on. I will never forget the heights we reached or the magnificent times Corin, Carrie and I shared.”
“To the dearest SK fans – you’re the raddest fans in the universe and I love you,” she continued. “Experiencing the music together has been the honor of a lifetime. Thank you for sustaining me these past 24 years and for proving without a doubt that love and connection are what saves us.”
Big changes. pic.twitter.com/PWWHMWDLU9
— Janet Weiss (@jazzzhand) July 1, 2019
Many fans responded in support for Weiss and thanked her for all the music.
— kathryn (@kathryn_clinton) July 1, 2019
You will crush in all your future pursuits, Janet. 💪
— colin meloy (@colinmeloy) July 1, 2019
You’re the goddamn best, Janet. Now and always. I’m sad you’re leaving the band but I can’t wait to see/hear what you get up to next. ❤️❤️❤️
— (j) oh well (@eponyma) July 1, 2019
Sad news, best of luck for the future, the best live drummer I have ever seen
— Eoin Dempsey (@eoin_dempsey) July 1, 2019
The band then posted a statement on Instagram about Weiss.
“We are saddened by Janet’s decision to leave Sleater-Kinney. It has been an incredible privilege to work with such a talented musicians and drummer over the course of so many albums, including The Center Won’t Hold,” they wrote.
“We thank her for joining us on this journey many years (and) we will always cherish our friendship and time together,” they continued. “We wish Janet all the best as she starts a new chapter in her life, we are so excited for everyone to hear the record, and to see you on the road this fall and beyond.”
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The band is gearing up to drop their next album The Center Won’t Hold on Aug. 16. You can preorder that here.
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