Alexisonfire Call It Quits
After ten years of making music together, Alexisonfire has decided to break-up. According to a statement posted by vocalist George Pettit, the demise of the band began back in December of last year when guitarist/vocalist Dallas Green let the band know that he was planning on leaving.
Almost a year ago Dallas informed us he would be leaving after we finished our Old Crows/Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City and Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his efforts on City and Colour
Initially the band thought that they would be able to continue without Dallas; however according to the statement, personal issues and time got in the way of that. In addition, guitarist Wade MacNeil was offered a position in another band. According to Pettit, it was just too much.
Replacing one guitar player/singer/writer was something we thought was possible, but replacing two would run the serious risk of perverting the legacy of what we had achieved. So we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly.
While this comes as a huge surprise to their fans, Pettit ended the statement with these words:
In closing I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the fans of Alexisonfire around the world. I'm forever grateful to anyone who has ever taken any interest in what we did. You were the coal that stoked our engines. You have given us a spectacular decade, rich with experience and joy. I love you all.
At the time this article was posted, there was no comment from other band members. Check out the full statement here.