Sum 41 Guitarist Quits

After more than a decade playing together, Sum 41 and guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh have parted ways.

Sum 41 Guitarist Quits
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Sum 41 and guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh have parted ways, according to MTV.com report. 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," Renaud 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." 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. Read more at MTV.com.

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    Nor'Easterbass
    dave was the best thing about them, bringin' in the metal influences and such...hey dave, you want a job in my band? hahaha...no really tho, w/e band he goes to will be that much better. hopefully a metal band...or at least a punk/metal band.
    ThePhenom
    Jackolas wrote: Blink 182 down, sum41 down, just green day to go....
    You forget Offspring and Good Charlotte
    ironman316
    brownsound. kinda like the brown noise. if you hear it, you crap your pants. that's the amazingness of dave. he's so good, when you hear him play, you immediately crap yourself. haha. jk. seriously tho, he was really good and was one of my inspirations... i can't wait to hear the brown brigade. metal pwns. \m/
    matt_woody17
    It always suxs when a band member leaves especially when they are bloody good guitarist, but I say good luck to both Sum 41 and Dave with the rest of their music career. PS.ROCK TO THE EXTREME!!!!!
    morello_man
    dave baksh will make a kick ass metal bad guys. and hes a good lead player if not a bit of a kirk ripoff. good luck and lets hear the new stuff from him.
    ss311
    My reasoning is that Deryck wrote all the songs. He probably has them down on acoustic and Dave would just stick some lead over it. Dave made their sound not their songs. It could be quite possible that the next album will make or break Sum 41.
    livefortoday
    Audio_State wrote: dammit he was just starting to turn sum41 into metal. listin to the bitter end, it sounds like metallica besides the vocals and it has a sweet solo
    yes and he said that exactly that influence of him was a thorn in the side of sum41, and he's right about that
    livefortoday
    c_strummer88 wrote: baksh was the only reason i picked a guitar up, and sum 41 wer the first band i loved, altho i hav grown since them. he will b missed, but i cant wait to hear his new stuff cus hes a great guitarist
    EXACTLY the same with me. i have grown too but i rediscovered them and wondered why i ever had to grow on to other bands
    shesadaytripper
    Ive never really appriciated the guitarist,i just loved the band as a whole,now i realize how much this is gunnu effect their sound.
    Logz
    Spam deleted. I liked sum41. Good little band imo. I thought it was funny to hear daves nickname was "brown Sound"
    i_am_metalhead
    BlueZephyr wrote: Nor'Easterbass wrote: xXbleed4meXx wrote: is it just me, or is "brown brigade" the dumbest band name youve ever heard? all band names are dumb. "sum 41" ?! wtf is that? i like them don't get me wrong, but still... Sum of 4 and 1 is 5. Therefore, there are 5 members in Sum 41.
    LMAO!!!! funny shit dude... actually they formed the band in high school and chose the name Sum 41 because it was the 41st day of summer between their junior and senior year... and yeah... they themselves have admited that was a stupid move, but too late to change the name now.
    METSOAD
    he is a quality guitar player-The Hell Song and Bitter End have some insane solos
    ZoxRoxMySox
    o man i love dave. i really didnt like chuck but all there old stuff was great. now there gonna suck
    yawn
    Dave was no doubt a great part of Sum 41 but he was in no way the HEART of the band. As great as his riffs and solos were, Dereck also gave the band its notorious "attitude" (seriously, you'd never hear BJ or the two Blink guys sing with the passion this guy does) and Stevo is a GREAT drummer (listen to "32 Ways to Die" if you don't believe me). And, Dave wasn't the only one who liked metal bands - if I remember correctly, it was Dereck and Stevo proclaiming their love for metal in Fat Lip. Anyways, Sum 41 was always a band with those 5 guys, and now they'll definitely have a different sound, but it's not like they're out of work or going totally pop-punk. Wish 'em luck.
    fender3592
    omfg this is the worst news i have heard in ages! dave was my favorite and it was his work in hell song and no brains that influenced me to play guitar. this stuns me. i never even saw them live.
    Tedrick
    Though I am not a huge fan of theirs All Killer No Filler will remain in my iTunes forever. Those songs made my summer a few years ago
    Nor'Easterbass
    xXbleed4meXx wrote: is it just me, or is "brown brigade" the dumbest band name youve ever heard?
    all band names are dumb. "sum 41" ?! wtf is that? i like them don't get me wrong, but still...
    hobo467
    holy crapola; my all-time favourite band is done?!? This is pure bull and I'm very upset; still I'll listen to whatever the new Sum 41 and Brown Brigade put out.
    BlueZephyr
    Sum 41 rocked back in the days.. I hope they stick to their original sound of damn good music.
    Letterbomb11
    The name (Sum 41) came from the fact they formed 41 days into summer of '96, if you didn't know. Dave once joked about renaming the band Sum Four-Diddy One.
    BlueZephyr
    Nor'Easterbass wrote: xXbleed4meXx wrote: is it just me, or is "brown brigade" the dumbest band name youve ever heard? all band names are dumb. "sum 41" ?! wtf is that? i like them don't get me wrong, but still...
    Sum of 4 and 1 is 5. Therefore, there are 5 members in Sum 41.
    Audio_State
    dammit he was just starting to turn sum41 into metal. listin to the bitter end, it sounds like metallica besides the vocals and it has a sweet solo
    Define
    ...aw. That sucks. He was damn awesome. Well, at least I saw him in concert. And there aren't 5 members in Sum 41.
    12345678910
    BlueZephyr wrote: Nor'Easterbass wrote: xXbleed4meXx wrote: is it just me, or is "brown brigade" the dumbest band name youve ever heard? all band names are dumb. "sum 41" ?! wtf is that? i like them don't get me wrong, but still... Sum of 4 and 1 is 5. Therefore, there are 5 members in Sum 41.
    Actually there's 4. They made their band on the 41st day in the summer. So they made that in their band name.
    Diceman42
    Ah, im so glad to see all these comments here, being a closet-Sum41 fan. I knew I liked Does this Look Infected? for a reason... and why I thought Chuck was utter emo crap. Will check out Brown Brigade (which would be sweet if all the members were actually brown).
    LakeboDom
    i_am_metalhead wrote: Sum 41 is great... I hear a lot of people say they suck just because they are a punk band...
    lol punk...? wow
    guitarist41
    They are making another album. Deryck, Cone and Stevo all think this album is their best so far and the production of it seems to be coming along amazingly quick.
    LaLaLaLoopy
    Well , I guess we have not 1 but 2 albums to look forward too, yes thats me Mr. Brightside...ha!
    deNJi_RoCks
    sum 41 is good, and i'm sure theyll find a better guitarist than baksh. even though baksh is really good. keep goin on sums!
    jammer-91
    Why the hell is everyone saying he had no input to their past albums... Ever heard of the album Chuck. Well guess who fused metal with punk.... Brown Sound! If you guys dont know the whole story then dont open your mouth!
    greenpic
    They are called sum 41 because they were 41 days into the summer when they made the band and thats the truth.....(sory if somoneone alredy sed it)
    chazpunko_11
    I grew into the punk\harcore\metal\emo cos of sum 41. They got me into all this. Since then i have been an avid fan of them. Ya can say i was their crazy fan. To me they are the one of the best band around now. If ya all had followed their ablum frm half hour of power till chuck. ya will know that they are a very talented band and eveyone members play a part in it. Look at their rendition of walk this way medley, iron maiden trooper,metallica, pain for pleasure. They have shown wad a band they are. I'm really really sad to have heard this news. Dave brownsound was a gd guitarist i loved his guitar solo in 'in too deep'. It was awesome. Its a real shame he had left. But it does not mean sum 41 will be going dwn the dumps. They are up there for a reason cos every single one of them are gd. All 4 to me are juz gd musicians. I love them back then and i still love them now. W shud wish both dave and sum 41 the best. Dave will still be as gd and so will sum 41. We can all see sum 41 had matured into a real band these years. No matter wad sum 41 to is the best. Bizzy d , Brownsound , Cone and stevo 32 will forever be the best thing of sum 41. Their music will live in me but i do not know for ya guys. However sum 41 to me will juz cont to be the best around. Peace!
    sum41rules
    Brandon138 wrote: Thats such a load of bs, punk is so underated its not even funny.
    too right punk rules.
    sum41rules
    just gotta say i agree with the above. sum 41 rules,hence my name, and i heard there not gonna replace dave till after their new album's out in summer 2007.it's gonna rule.
    liledman_76
    dave is my hero guitarist and sum 41 was the band that got me really into guitar! this sucks but it will be interesting to see how sum 41 goes and if brown brigade is any good and u cant say that dave was 99% of ther talent...stevo is one of the best drumers going around and even tho bizzy d is bangin avril hes still a good singer/song writer ... a good sign that they wont turn pop/punk because of daves departure is that he pretty much lost intrest in the band after AKNF and bizzy d was the brains behind the lyrics and riffs
    Brandon138
    whitebluesboy wrote: \m/(-_\m/ wrote: Besides its impossible to get good from playing "punk rock".
    Thats such a load of bs, punk is so underated its not even funny. Look into the ACTUAL(counting sum 41 as actual) punk bands and you will find great underated guitarists. Like the bassist in Rancid.
    t-bo
    i dunno if this is dope or lame cuz itll make sum 41 worse but this new band might be rad...
    punksnotdead22
    wow, some of you guys have no idea what you are talking about. deryck is a really good punk singer, stevo is amazing at drums, dave was my favorite member tho. and whoever said that sum 41 will have a touring guitarist is an idiot. deryck even said that he cant solo worth crap. they'll bring in another guitarist. why does everyone think the hell song and bitter end have the best solos. you guys have to hear 88. thats a freakin awesome solo.
    dav3011
    hey vin2254 pieces was a mint song!!! and i think dave should stay because i'm pretty sure that if he goes dereyck or woteva he's called is gunna let avril lavigne become 2nd guitarist and she does SUCK!! sum 41 r my fav band