Following last week’s cancelation of the remaining Canadian dates supporting Billy Talent, Sum 41 drummer Steve Jocz announced he has quit the band.
"I'm sorry to announce that I've decided to leave Sum 41," Jocz tweeted April 17. "Touring with the band has been an amazing experience that has taken us far beyond our old practice space in my parent's basement to countless countries around the world. I've had the opportunity to see and experience so much and for that I'm truly grateful.”
No replacement has been named and at least for the time being, the band might not even be looking. Singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley is again suffering from recurring back problems, which have sidelined the band in the past and caused its Canadian tour to come to a screeching halt April 9 in Kingston, Ontario.
On April 11 the band posted the following on its Facebook: "Sorry to all you skumfuks that were planning on seeing us at these last few shows on the Dead Silence Tour with Billy Talent Deryck re-injured his back and isn't able to perform. We want to thank Billy Talent for bringing us out with them. It's been a great ride!"
"It’s unfortunate that sometimes great nights end with bad news," tweeted Sum 41 bassist Cone McCaslin. "Extremely bummed out we are unable to finish this tour.”
Sum 41 formed in Ajax, Ontario, Canada in 1996. Three years later, they signed with Island Records landed their first big single with “Fat Lip” from 2001’s All Killer, No Filler, which went platinum. The band released four more albums, including their last disc Screaming Bloody Murder, which came out in 2011.
“I just want to thank all of our fans for making the last 17 years possible,” said Jocz. “I had a blast. Thanks again."