Rumors surfaced yesterday and it is official, guitarist Matt Fazzi
and bassist Matt Rubano
have left Taking Back Sunday
The two members issued statements on the band's website
declaring that their time with the group had come to an end. Rubano
recorded three albums and toured with the band since 2003 while Fazzi
was just introduced as Taking Back Sunday
's new guitarist last year when they released New Again
"To everyone in the TBS family, it is with great sadness I am announcing today that I am no longer a part of Taking Back Sunday,
" said Fazzi's statement
. "It's something that I never once took for granted and that I will never forget.
also released a statement
of his own, indicating he would be departuring as well.
"I am proud of the music we made together and cherished every moment of it,
" he said. "I am happy to have met and befriended so many of you. I will miss you all.
Soon after both Rubano
released their statements, a picture of the old 2002 Taking Back Sunday
lineup was posted on the band's website. The picture features the original members with their eyes crossed out, speculating a possible reunion of the lineup that recorded the band's debut album Tell All Your Friends
. In response to the photo, both former guitarist John Nolan
and bassist Shaun Cooper
posted on their Tumblr
pages respectively, saying "Look Out!
" and "I have a feeling things are about to get extremely weird..
Although it isn't official, both Nolan
appear to be back with the band. Both members left Taking Back Sunday
in 2003 and formed Straylight Run
, which recently went on an indefinite hiatus this past February.