and guitarist Dave
have parted ways, according to MTV.com
In a statement released by Upper Management, the company that represents Baksh
, the guitarist attributed his exit to the old standby of creative differences, but said the split was completely amicable.
"I couldn't continue on creatively in Sum 41 without being a thorn in the side of the band. As people grow, they change,
" the statement read. "All I can ask is that our fans understand and accept my thanks for being there for me whenever I was feeling happy, sad or depressed.
"The first thing Steve [Jocz], Cone [McCaslin] and Deryck [Whibley] told me was that they just want me to be happy. It was awesome to hear that we all had the same feelings,
" the statement continued. "We are brothers, and no matter what, they are Sum 41 and they will make an incredible album! Peace love and all of the above.
According to Mike Renaud
, the president of Upper Management, the split was simply a matter of Baksh
wanting to focus his creative energies elsewhere.
"Dave and his wife are not having a baby. The reason he's going is because he felt it was time to go. He's got a new band called Brown Brigade, and he felt it was time to make a switch,
said. "There's no bad blood between anyone in Sum, and Dave is incredibly proud of everything he did with the band. It's just that after they finished touring for [2004's] Chuck, they took a break, and in that time, Dave decided it was time to make a switch to Brown Brigade.
will have more of a "classic metal
" feel to it, Renaud said, adding that Baksh
is currently working on songs and auditioning singers for the band. He also added that Sum 41 are in the early stages of writing a follow-up to Chuck.
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