Rock 101 question and answer: Thu Jan 17 [Three Days Grace]
More details on Adam’s departure from Three Days Grace are coming out…
Three Days Grace has shared more details of how Adam Gontier told the band he was leaving, with the group's explanation raising more questions about Gontier's motivations and the way he ended his relationship with his bandmates of 20 years. According to Loudwire, the band posted a statement online that said, "It had been our desire to keep an internal band matter just that, internal. However, after public statements by Adam we feel the need to give our fans the facts. Here's the exact timeline of events over the past few weeks."
The band spells out that it received a letter on December 21st from Gontier's lawyer, which stated, "Please be advised effective immediately Adam is terminating his involvement with the band Three Days Grace. Adam has been wrestling with a health issue, outlined in the attached letter (a doctor's letter dated December 14), which would have precluded him from touring with the band in 2013 and he wants the group to continue moving forward as they see fit while not holding them back."
The post from Three Days Grace added that Gontier made no mention of any health issues during a brief December tour, and that bassist Brad Walst tried to reach out to Gontier via text to see if his decision was final. Gontier texted back, "My decision is 100 percent. My relationship with Three Days Grace is over."
The band concluded, "How would you feel if you were in our shoes? Someone you had known for 20 years, whom you had grown up with, gone through ups and downs with, shared dreams with, ends that relationship as if you had known him for a single day with a letter from a lawyer."
Gontier has since said that his exit had nothing to do with his health, but rather his desire to "evolve" on his "own terms."
The singer will participate in a charity show on Thursday (January 17th) in New York City as a solo artist.
Three Days Grace will head out on a scheduled tour with Shinedown next month, with Matt Walst from My Darkest Days on vocals. The band says it will decide on its future plans after the tour is completed.
When Shinedown and Three Days Grace hit the road along with P.O.D. for a lengthy North American tour next month, one thing will be missing: Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier, who announced his resignation earlier this month from the band he co-founded 20 years ago. Shinedown singer Brent Smith was asked by radio station TK101 in Pensacola, Florida if Gontier's departure gave him any second thoughts about the tour: ["I wish Adam the best that I possibly can for whatever it is that he needs to do in his own journey in his personal life. Now, I think that it is extremely ballsy of the band, Three Days Grace, to not only say that they're gonna continue on with the tour, but that they're not gonna let it put a negative spin on anything."]
Rock 101 question: What band was Matt, Adam’s replacement, from before he joined Three Days Grace?
Rock 101 answer: My Darkest Days.
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