Frontman and guitarist of Baroness, Pete Adams has just announced he will be steeping down from his position in the band. He leaves after nine years with the band. Gina Gleason will take over for Pete. Pete leaves on good terms, and for admirable reasons. Read a segment of John Dyer’s heartfelt statement,
‘I NEED TO TAKE A MOMENT, ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND BARONESS, TO RECOGNIZE AND SINCERELY THANK ONE OF MY OLDEST FRIENDS AND BANDMATES, PETE ADAMS, AS HE MOVES ON FROM BARONESS TO PURSUE A NEW PHASE IN HIS LIFE. I FEEL FORTUNATE BEYOND WORDS TO HAVE SHARED THE STAGE WITH YOU FOR NEARLY 25 YEARS, SINCE WE WERE BARELY TEENAGERS.
IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO ARTICULATE THE VALUE AND IMPACT OF THE PERSONAL HISTORY, FRIENDSHIP AND MUSICAL BOND WE HAVE ENJOYED THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES AND WITHIN THIS BAND. THROUGH BARONESS, WE’VE SEEN THAT FRIENDSHIP GROW FURTHER AND OFTEN IN UNEXPECTED WAYS; WE’VE TAKEN PART IN SO MANY ADVENTURES TOGETHER THAT IT’S DIFFICULT TO KEEP TRACK OF THEM ALL. IT’S NEVER EASY TO PART WAYS BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THINGS: FIRST, WE OFFER UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT AND RESPECT FOR PETE’S DECISION AND WE’RE EXCITED TO SEE WHERE HIS PATH LEADS. SECOND, BARONESS WILL FORGE AHEAD WITH AN UNDIMINISHED PASSION AND AS MUCH CREATIVITY AS EVER.
THE NARRATIVE OF THIS BAND HAS OFTEN FELT AS THOUGH IT FALLS INTO DISTINCT CHAPTERS, AND WHILE WE’RE EXCITED TO MOVE INTO THE NEXT, WE ARE EQUALLY SAD TO SEE PETE GO. WHEN PETE AND I WERE KIDS, AS HE’S OFTEN SAID IN INTERVIEWS, WE SHARED A DREAM OF GROWING UP AND PLAYING MUSIC TOGETHER AND SEEING THE FAR CORNERS OF THE GLOBE. AND WE DID. THANK YOU PETE, FOR BEING A FRIEND WHEN I NEEDED SUPPORT, A BROTHER WHEN I NEEDED FAMILY, AND A BANDMATE WHEN YOU AND I HAD A HUNGER TO SEE THE WORLD.’
All the very best to Pete and Gina into the future!