Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Some bummer news from the DevilDriver camp. We have learned that the band have parted ways with guitarist Jeff Kendrick and drummer John Boecklin. According to frontman Dez Fafara, there is "nothing dramatic, no drag-down fights, was just time to move on. While Dez is currently focusing on Coal Chamber, he talked about the band's current status in a statement which can be read here: "As I have said previously, DevilDriver is on hiatus while I rejoin Coal Chamber for a new record release and tour. DevilDriver will be back, make no mistake of that, in 2016 with a new record which we are already writing, tours around the world and the massive pits you have all gotten used to. All in DevilDriver wish John and Jeff the best."
I want to make it clear that this is my decision, and I have nothing but love for all my brothers in the band. I revere my bandmates with the utmost respect and am happy for all the experiences we have shared. I am moving forward as an executive in my company "All Axess" and have several other things in the works. Thank you to all the fans, I love you all! This is just the beginning for me!"
This now leaves Dez Fafara as the only original member left in DevilDriver. Just this past weekend, John and Jeff played their last show with DevilDriver at Knotfest, which was also the band's last show for the touring cycle of their latest album Winter Kills, which was released in August 2013 and was the band's first album with new label Napalm Records. We all wish John and Jeff the best of luck in their futures, and also wish best of luck to Dez with the new Coal Chamber record and tour in 2015, and we all look forward to DevilDriver's return in 2016 with a new album and tour. The remaining members of DevilDriver include Dez, guitarist Mike Spreitzer and bassist Chris Towning.