Aaron Gillespie Leaves Underoath

According to reports, Underoath's drummer Aaron Gillespie has left the band.

Aaron Gillespie Leaves Underoath
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According to reports, Underoath's drummer Aaron Gillespie has left the band. The band revealed the departure in a statement saying the group has decided to move on without the musician. Gillespie has been a member of Underoath since 1997 and along with being the drummer, he has also been a vocalist for the band. "We are taking this opportunity to sadly inform you the six of us have decided at the end of the current european tour, Aaron will no longer be playing in Underoath," read a statement released by Underoath on the situation. "It in no way effects any of the shows left on this tour. We appreciate the love and support from everyone in the past and hope that all of us will continue to receive your support on our future paths." The band also commented on their progress with their upcoming record, stating they will continue to work on it. In response to the statement released by the band, Gillespie unveiled one of his own, remarking on his departure. "I am more then aware the the news you have heard of seems rash, and probably hasty. I wanted to be able to write a few thing down here to maybe help you understand a bit," he said. "Underoath and i have parted ways. Yes that is a true statement. There is no bad blood, there is no anger. People change, times change, and sometimes change just comes hunting for you." Gillespie isn't the first core member to have left the band as Underoath has seen numerous musicians decide to focus on other projects. Dallas Taylor was the lead vocalist for the band for six years (1997-2003) while seven other guitarists and bassists have ventured in and out of the lineup.

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    fxt_fella
    Finding a new drummer won't be hard at all. After all, Aaron has had to leave tours due to sickness before and they've managed quite fine. However, I think it will be his songwriting and singing that they miss the most. Tim will be OK filling in but he doesn't have the voice that Aaron does. Maybe they can just do what they did when Dallas left and not play stuff from the older periods of the band.
    shut_up_n00b
    TheBrownPenguin wrote: Aaron was the heart of the band at least in my eyes. He probably wants to go into music that expresses his talents and isnt just heavy for the sake of being heavy. Their last cd was in no way reinventive and was pretty bland compared to their other cds. Im biased cuz I thought that UO has been goin down hill for a couple of years but im excited to see what he will do next
    Their last effort was probably their best. They defined a unique sound.
    Fraydawg
    This is very sad. Just missed out on my only chance to see the best version of this band. He wrote most of the songs too.
    wongacaster
    Comeback Kiddd wrote: isnt aaron joining a band with craig(chiodos) and pete wents(fall out boy)?
    I heard this too, wondering if its true. Hoping it is!
    Hearshot Kid94
    Ahh! No! I just can't seem to think about Underoath without Aaron. His vocals were pretty much the reason I started listening to the band. I just thought that it was like the coolest thing, haha. But I really hope he's doing something after this. In my opinion, Aaron Gillespie IS Underoath.
    TheBrownPenguin
    Aaron was the heart of the band at least in my eyes. He probably wants to go into music that expresses his talents and isnt just heavy for the sake of being heavy. Their last cd was in no way reinventive and was pretty bland compared to their other cds. Im biased cuz I thought that UO has been goin down hill for a couple of years but im excited to see what he will do next
    Human371
    WTF! nooooo I just heard the new live disc and was super pumped for the new cd... aaron will be tough if not impossible to replace...plus he was the last original member
    GeekInThePink
    Aborticide1986 wrote: triky66 wrote:Cheer up boys, your makeup is running. This.
    Underoath =/= Emo I'm aware of the Foo Fighters reference.
    The Two
    this is a huge bummer he wasnt all the band since spencer chamberlain is a great vocalist but they are going to sound different with out him i hope the new album is a good evolution though
    aCloudConnected
    This is disapointing. I'm really surprised to see one comment that shows negativity towards the band. I figured the first comment would be by a user named something like Iron666Maidallica666 saying "who cares they suked neway"
    sick-kid-lee
    but why did he leave.. as far as i can see he was pretty good for them, was it personal?
    skilletfan17
    "it will in no way effect..." lol, it's affect, not effect Im not a big fan of underoath, but I did really like some of their singles that had a lot of aaron's singing on them and this could lead to their descend musically but time will tell...best wishes
    myownenemy
    The Spoon wrote: when you think of Underoath, you think of Aaron. He was unique, and if underoath wants to stay alive, they better find someone just as unique.
    this. Pr
    kotah_777
    Dude this completely blows Aaron is the core of Underoath they were the first metalcore band I ever listened to and I own all there albums I sure am going to miss that kick-a drumming and vocals.
    triky66
    GeekInThePink wrote: Aborticide1986 wrote: triky66 wrote:Cheer up boys, your makeup is running. This. Underoath =/= Emo I'm aware of the Foo Fighters reference.
    I thought the reference would be fitting. The band is still going to go on and play their style of preachy-heavy (some kind of "core") music, the severance was done in positivity, and the only thing they need to work on now is the void that is going to be left where Gillepsie's vocals were. The drums shouldn't be too hard to replace.
    babyboi
    WTF aaron was the shit he made the band with his vocal's and drumming no body on earth can replace him(unless they get me) but intill then this ****ing sucks eggs!!!
    metaldrummer213
    this suks, underoath was lyk perfect, i thort theyd b togetha 4eva to b honest, they seemed made for each otha. the next album will be lackng without him 4 sua
    guitartabman999
    oh my gosh this is terrible. It's killing. Aaron was my favorite drummer out of anybody. and now he's gone and he was the only member who was in the band from the very start. this sucks.....
    babyboi
    babyboi wrote: WTF aaron was the shit he made the band with his vocal's and drumming no body on earth can replace him(unless they get me) but intill then this ****ing sucks eggs!!!
    aileen4058
    New Eyes envoie des verres correcteurs Ray Ban Wayfarer Pas Cher donns aux pays sous-dvelopps, et aux Etats-Unis il distribue des bons pour les patients pour un bilan de sant gratuit et des lunettes gratuites.
    johnhimura
    HEY!! your no underoath!! change your fckin name!!! dont take the name of a cool band!! u suck!!!!!
    Ortizsensei
    This is some serious bull! UO is gonna have a hard time replacing aaron, he was not only a great drummer and songwriter, but he WAS the voice of this band. UO mite as well call it quits now, or at least change their name. PS: Does anyone else think he maybe alluded to his departure in desperate times, desperate measures ("This may be my last one, its gonna be good and hard...") or is this just me???
    dec0mposed
    well, best of luck to underoath. Kick ass band, loved every album they came out with. I'm interested to see future albums they come out with. I really do hope they don't go to an all scream band, it wouldn't be the same. They need those beautiful tones over those grungy screams of spencers.
    mister alex
    oh and in case u didnt know, Daniel was one of the creators and original drummer of Norma Jean.
    Violent_Angel15
    The last paragraph brings light to it that makes it less WOAH.....but Aaron is the founder of the band! Dallas leaving is one this, but this tops it! I mean it's REALLY not gonna be UnderOath without him and it makes me loose interest in the band, but who knows, maybe the next album will be amazing.
    gareno
    the only thing i ever liked about this band is the guitar solo in "the last"
    mister alex
    Daniel Davison is replacing Aaron, but i'm assuming that Tim is probably taking over Aarons vocals :\ even though Aaron is technically the last original member, i like to think of Chris as an original, seeing how hes been the only one to play keys.
    Human371
    fxt_fella wrote: Finding a new drummer won't be hard at all. After all, Aaron has had to leave tours due to sickness before and they've managed quite fine. However, I think it will be his songwriting and singing that they miss the most. Tim will be OK filling in but he doesn't have the voice that Aaron does. Maybe they can just do what they did when Dallas left and not play stuff from the older periods of the band.
    That would really suck... i actually wish they would do when the sun sleeps at a show...the crowd would go nuts! but yeah, when they didnt have aaron for tours, tim and spencer did his parts. Tim will have to step it up a little but spencer is stronger on each release. He can really help get the slack.
    The Spoon
    I love their last three albums, but when you think of Underoath, you think of Aaron. He was unique, and if underoath wants to stay alive, they better find someone just as unique.
    Amuro Jay
    Nooooo they're working on a new record too. Underoath has always been one of those bands that noticeably evolves and changes from one record to the next. I'm sure this will have it's own impact somehow. Was he the one who did the clean vocals?
    CrabSoldier X
    Underoath is one of the strongest bands ive ever heard, but without aaron, i cant see how they can continue.
    Andy2k64
    They will never be the same band again. Just like Dirk Lance leaving Incubus. They might replace or something but he is a huge part of the music!
    im not mental
    ahh that blows. he was such an integral part of their sound. i'm really not that much into them now as much as when i was in high school, but i've seen them live 3 times and they've blown me away every time.
    benjixoath
    i'll continue to support underoath and aaron in whatever they do he was an integral member but a band isn't just one person this ca only be better for both if them if they were uncomfortable