Saying “my barnstorming days have come to an end,” Keith Strickland — a founding member of The B-52’s who switched from drums to guitar following the 1985 death of Ricky Wilson — today announced that he’ll no longer tour with the 35-year-old Athens, Ga., party band, although he’ll remain a member.
Strickland announced his plans to stop touring on Facebook today (via Weeping Elvis, which also has an interesting interview with Stickland from earlier this year). The guitarist thanks his bandmates and friends, saying “it is the path I know in my heart I must follow.”
The guitarist doesn’t specifically say he’ll continue to record with the B-52’s, but it’s certainly implied through his statement. The band has not made any formal announcements itself, and, according to its website, there are no B-52’s concerts currently scheduled.
Read Strickland’s full statement:
I wanted to let you know that I will no longer be touring with the band. This has not been an easy decision for me to make, but it is the path I know in my heart I must follow.
I will continue to be in The B-52s… I will just not tour.
My barnstorming days have come to an end, but I wholeheartedly support Cindy, Fred and Kate’s decision to continue.
It has been an amazing journey and I’m amazed at all that we have accomplished as a band over the past thirty-five years. I’m grateful for the music Ricky, Cindy, Fred, Kate and myself have created together. I’m thankful for the many opportunities I’ve had to perform, and I’m filled with gratitude for your continued presence, love and support – together we made something wonderful happen.
Even though I will miss performing with the band and for you, I am looking forward to this new adventure.
Follow your bliss,
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