The Sword Drummer Quits

The Sword drummer Trivett Wingo has quit the band with immediate effect, admitting: I just can't do this any more.

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The Sword drummer Trivett Wingo has quit the band with immediate effect, admitting: I just can't do this any more.

The Texan four-piece yesterday announced they'd cancelled their upcoming European tour in support of acclaimed third album Warp Riders. Now it's been revealed that Wingo finds life on the road too demanding and stressful.

It's the first lineup change for the retro metal band which formed in 2003, and has toured with Metallica, Lamb Of God and Trivium.

Wingo says: After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of my lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue.

If I could go any further I would I love the music and JD Cronise, Kyle Shutt and Bryan Richie are people whom I deeply respect. But I just can't do this any more.

The remaining members say in a statement: We really wish it wasn't but it's true. We wish Trivett nothing by the best and it's with heavy hearts we bid him farewell.

He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of the band's success. He helps to lay the foundation that we'll continue to build upon. We wouldn't be where we are without him.

We wish he could continue, but we understand the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. The show must go on though we'll be back on the road as soon as humanly possible.

The Sword are working on rescheduling their cancelled dates and will replace Wingo in the near future.

Thanks for gthe report to RockRadio.

10 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Eifler121
    Cranker wrote: Wow. They are so close to becoming HUGE, too.
    Their replacement could be their key; plus I'd say that they're close to as huge as a metal band can get these days without absolutely sucking.
    GenerationKILL wrote: The heaviness of the drummer was what made them sound so amazing. They will never be the same. There are very few drummers out there that could be as heavy as Wingo. I'm sad
    I'm not a huge fan, only because I just haven't had the time to really dig into them just yet, but what I've heard of them was really good, and I didn't see the drummer as being that incredibly crucial or unique to the band. It'll be fine, and they'll still be good.
    iceman45
    that's a shame... but at least it's better than dream theater's split up xD
    ESPVpr104
    I just dropped my food, this sucks! But if it's taking a toll on him, I respect his decision to leave. This is such a bummer though, I love The Sword and I hope they continue on as strong as always. Thanks for the music Wingo!!
    GenerationKILL
    The heaviness of the drummer was what made them sound so amazing. They will never be the same. There are very few drummers out there that could be as heavy as Wingo. I'm sad
    CircuitTrigger
    Maybe he will still write and record with the band. I know it's a long shot, but they could just hire a touring drummer and continue to use Wingo.
    spargmeister
    I'm not surprised. I've seen The Sword live three times. And Wingo was nearly too exhausted to even stand at the end of each of those shows that talented ****er played so hard.
    spargmeister
    I'm not surprised. I've seen The Sword live three times. And Wingo was nearly too exhausted to even stand at the end of each of those shows that talented ****er played so hard.