Buckcherry release bassist Ashurst from his ‘torment’
Buckcherry have parted ways with long-time bassist Jimmy Ashurst, but the band have refused to explain the circumstances surrounding his departure. However, the bassist himself has revealed: “Over a month ago now the band collectively decided that they would prefer to proceed without me”
Confirming the news on their official website, the California rockers vowed “not to air dirty laundry in public” but insisted it was in the best interests of the band.
The statement reads: “With heavy hearts and with great difficulty, we have decided to part ways with our longtime bandmate Jimmy Ashhurst. This was not an easy decision, nor was it a rash decision made in haste.
“It’s not our desire to air dirty laundry or inner band circumstances that brought about this result. Every band has its issues, and while we have gone to great lengths to minimize them and work through them, this band has had its own issues like any other.”
Ashurst posted the following comments via his Facebook page prior to the official announcement of his departure:
“Over a month ago now the band collectively decided that they would prefer to proceed without me.
“If you’re looking for a reason you’ll need to ask them, since the one they gave me of my being ‘unhappy’ and of them ‘doing-me-a -favor-to-release-me-from-
Taking over on bass for the rest of their 2013 touring schedule is Kelly LeMieux (Fear, Paul Gilbert).
The Best Of Buckcherry is due for release on October 29.