The guitarist, who formed the group with singer Dave Pirner and the late Karl Mueller in the early 1980s, announced his decision on the band's website on Tuesday (09Oct12), revealing he is "looking forward to a quieter life with family and friends".
He writes, "To survive in the game of music in this current incarnation of digital downloads, short attention spans, tabloid-style press wrought with desperate headline grabbing antics, it occurs to me that one needs an unhealthy and combustive internal combination of two seemingly distant attributes - naivety and swagger. I no longer have either."
He adds he is "leaving with great admiration and respect for David Pirner, whom I felt like I grew up with and who provided me and all of you with so many memorable musical moments".
He also pays tribute to his deceased former bandmate Mueller, writing, "My deepest respect and love for Karl H. Mueller, and his widow and loving wife Mary Beth Mueller, and his mother Mary Mueller who provided us with a start in their family garage and supplied us with endless encouragement, engaged us and instilled in us all the prospect of possible."
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