15:55 06 December 2012
Musician Nick Hodgson has announced that he has officially left the Kaiser Chiefs. The news came out on Twitter after Hodgson posted that he is “moving on after 15 spectacular years”.
He also took to Tumblr to say: “After 15 years with the band and having achieved such amazing things thanks to the support and loyalty of our fans, I have decided to leave and turn my attention to other areCas within the world of music and to pursue new challenges.
“It has not been an easy decision and one that the boys and I have discussed throughout this year.
“The band has been incredibly supportive of my decision. I wish them all continued success.”
The band also released an official statement, saying that Hodgson’s last gig with the group was at the Reading festival, which was held last August.
As to speculations on the future of the band, front man Ricky Wilson said that it’s business as usual for the rest of the group.
“We’ve all had a while to get used to it,” he said in a tweet. “We’ve got a bunch of shows next year and things are sounding great in the studio.”
The group has also officially confirmed that they are due to start working on their fifth studio album in January. So far, however, they have not made any mention of a replacement for Hodgson.
Sure enough, the band has a UK tour scheduled on February and March of 2013. They will also back Green Day during the latter’s UK stadium tour on the summer of 2013.
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