Im August 2020 gab man, die Band As I Lay Dying, den Ausstieg von Gitarrist Nick Hipa bekannt. AILD haben kürzlich das offizielle Statement dazu veröffentlicht. Erst folgt das der Band, darunter gibt es auch das von Nick Hipa selbst.
As I Lay Dying haben sich wie folgt dazu geäußert:
„We’ve been laying low for the past 18+ months adapting back into normal home life routines as the world tries to navigate itself through the Covid pandemic. It brings us a lot of excitement seeing live events coming back with many of our peers and friends returning to their life’s passion, playing shows.
Through this downtime from touring and being creatively active with AILD, we’ve found ourselves reflecting on which direction each of us must take individually and collectively as a band. We appreciate all the patience from our fans and close community in regards to an official band statement on the departure of Nick Hipa from AILD over a year ago.
The remaining members of AILD respect Nick’s decision to move on from the band and forging a new path in life. We will certainly look back fondly at the many great memories, experiences, and accomplishments we shared together over the years. We will be nothing but supportive and encouraging to all of Nick’s endeavors post-AILD and we wish him the absolute best moving forward.
Thanks to our fans for understanding and we will update everyone shortly on more future plans for AILD.“
Nick Hipa hat folgendes Statement abgegeben:
„I am deeply appreciative for the love, care, and concern I have been messaged with over the past year while being largely absent from social activity. My days have been occupied with a motion design career, deep focus on my family, taking care of my health, and working on other creative projects. Real life has a way of crowding out time for things like social media, so I apologize to those of you who reached out to me for answers regarding my disassociation from As I Lay Dying and never heard back. I’ve been trying to move on peacefully in life.
At this point though, it has been well over a year since I have distanced myself from them on a personal and professional level. In that time they have only given fans merchandising posts and show announcements. This sort of activity highlights and reinforces our differences.
Respectfully, I left because the story and meaning we built our reunion upon decayed considerably over time. What primarily endures is a superficial pursuit I cannot justify supporting or being part of. This is not an indictment on any who choose to remain or be involved. There is tremendous good that can be accomplished through singular focus on the power of music. However to my memory and recent experience, it comes at the cost of tolerating behavior which at times mistreats, disrespects, and hurts other people. I do not have it in me to walk that road again.
The talent and unshakeable ambition of the band is undeniable. They will continue to release successful music and do great business. On a human level, I hope everything else fares well for them.
I am grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the incredible people I’ve been able to meet and connect with the past 17 years.
I’ll still be around. Love to all.“
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