One by one, prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria keep losing band members. They're like the cast of The Walking Dead. The latest to depart the group is drummer Chris Pennie, who had been a member of C&C Prog Music Factory since 2007. On the bright side, Pennie wasn't kicked out of the band because he was arrested for robbing a Massachusetts pharmacy hours before they were scheduled to open for Soundgarden, or for anything crime-related. Instead, he's leaving Coheed to work on other projects. The split was amicable, but "creative differences" did play a role.
"I am very thankful for the years that I shared the stage with the guys and want to thank the amazing, supportive fans that I've met while on tour, but there are a lot of exciting projects on the horizon, in addition to Return to Earth and Fight Mannequins, that I feel require my absolute 100 percent commitment and attention. I feel that this is the right time to make that happen," Pennie said in a statement. He doesn't mention the arrest and dismissal of bassist Michael Todd, but all the good press that has followed Coheed since that July incident probably weighed into his decision.
Only founding member Claudio Sanchez and longtime guitarist Travis Stever remain from the lineup that made the 2010 album Year of the Black Rainbow.
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