Following some fan speculation due to his absence from a handful of their recent tours and shows, Texan pop-punks Bowling For Soup have announced that they have parted ways with long-time bassist/vocalist, Erik Chandler.
Chandler is one of the band’s founding members, and has featured on all of the band’s releases to date, with their latest studio album being 2016’s ‘Drunk Dynasty’.
The band confirmed Chandler‘s departure via a statement on their social media channels, stating that “touring and being in a band full time has become too much for him.” Along with this, they’ve also confirmed that his replacement will be Rob Felicetti of Patent Pending.
You can read the band’s full statement below.
“After 24 and a half years, we have some bitter sweet news to share.
As many of our fans know, Erik has not been playing with BFS for a while now. Erik has recently come to the decision, for personal reasons, that touring and being in a band full time has become too much for him. Together, Erik and the band have decided to part ways. This split is on good terms. We will always be Erik’s biggest fan and brother, and support him in his decisions and future endeavors. We also hope that our fans will support him and respect his decision and privacy in all of this as he enters the next chapter in his personal and professional life.
Now for the good news. Rob Felicetti, who has been playing with BFS since May of 2018, has been jumped in and will continue as the bassist in our band! Rob has been touring with us with his band Patent Pending for years and fits in better than any of us could have imagined!
Patent Pending fans, never fear, Rob will still be in Patent Pending, unless our schedules cross…Which almost never happens!
We are sad to see the end of the Erik era, but more than overjoyed with the things we have planned in the coming months and years! We know you will all absolutely LOVE Rob as we and so many of our fans already do!
Thank you all for being the best.
We love you all!!”
At the time of writing, Erik Chandler is yet to release a statement of his own regarding his departure from Bowling For Soup.