In a letter published on the band’s website, frontman John Baizley explained that “the accident necessitated a change that would prevent them from performing music or touring.”
The details of their departure are not sensational; they do not come with hard feelings. Nor are the details going to be public; suffice it to say wed like to keep to ourselves the finer points of this situation, to respect the privacy of all involved. While the nine of us must respect the significance of the bus accident in Bath, we must also move away from it and get back to our lives. Simply put, some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in Baroness. While we would never have asked them to leave; we have the utmost sympathy for this situation, and in earnest, we wish Matt and Allen the best in the future. In their stead, we have found two musicians who can approach our music with passion and vitality and help get us back out on tour to finish what was seemingly cut short last August.
Currently, Baroness is scheduled to return to the stage in June with appearances at Bonnaroo and the Free Press Summer Fest. “Baroness has made a commitment to pick up where we left off, and get back out on tour, where we belong,” Baizley explained. “In fact, I am personally staking my recovery on this principle; it gives me direction and something to look forward to (finally).”