Back in December, bassist Jonathan Miller asked DevilDriver fans to stop giving him booze and drugs, as he would soon be entering rehab after years of abusing his body. Now, Miller has announced he’s quit the band.
“I just wanted to thank all of the DevilDriver fans around the world for their die-hard love and support for the past nine years,” says Miller in a statement. “Yesterday, I decided to leave DevilDriver. It was the most difficult decision of my life but it is something that I needed to do for myself.”
Being on the road can lead you down a path of drug abuse, and apparently, the temptations of that life are too much for dude to handle.
“I had the best times of my life hanging out with all of you guys, but it is time for me to move on,” the statement continues. “Much love to everyone.”
I wish this dude would just fucking spell it out for us. I am leaving because I just can’t say no.
Back in December, Miller told fans that he had “to make a change so that [he could] save [his] own life and keep the friends that [he] still [had] left.”
DevilDriver’s tour manager, Bubble (who had previously played with Bury Your Dead), had been filling in for Miller on the road the last few months.
UPDATE: Blabbermouth has gotten its sticky hands on Miller’s resignation letter, which sounds like it wasn’t written by Miller. Here it is: “Gentlemen, I am compelled to inform you all at this juncture in time of my resignation as the bass player of DevilDriver. I love each and every one of you with all of my being and heart, but this is not the appropriate time for me to return to the band. I completely understand if the group needs to move on without me for good and am willing to accept that. More importantly, I would like to express my feelings to all of you concerning my departure from DevilDriver.
“It has been apparent in my behavior in the past year that my own personal/private issues have come to the forefront of the band’s focus; and that I have become an emotional drain on the rest of the band. This is unfair to all involved, band and crew alike. I feel that my continued presence in DevilDriver at this time would not be healthy for the team. I also am aware that some of our relationships have become negatively affected during our course as a touring band.
“First and foremost, I would like to emphasize my love and gratitude to each and every one of you. All music/band-related issues aside, each of you holds a special place in my heart and I consider you all my brothers. The last thing I would want to witness would be the termination of any of our friendships. I will always be your true friend forever and I would be crushed to lose anyone of you as lifelong friends.
“I need time away from music, the touring lifestyle and want my spirit to grow and strengthen on my own. I have felt isolated from the pack for months now but am slowly beginning to feel as if I am coming into my own for the first time. My heartstrings are in a constant tug of war to quell this storm of emotions but I know in my gut that I need to take a step back from the band and evaluate my life at this point. I have shared the most memorable, untouchable, unbelievable, unmatched and unique experiences during our time as a fellowship of road dogs…. I thank you all for the beautiful memories and lifelong friendships.
“This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I will keep all of you in my heart forever as best friends.”
Sort of reminds me of Howard Jones’ letter that went out last year to all the girls he has fucked over.