Guitarist Jeff Kendrick of Santa Barbara, California's DEVILDRIVER has released the following statement regarding the departure of bassist Jonathan Miller:
"Everyone in DEVILDRIVER wishes Jon Miller the best in the future!!!
"Thank you for everything you have done for the band in the past eight-plus years. Much happiness and success to you, Jon."
Miller quit DEVILDRIVER earlier this week, calling it "the most difficult decision of my life" but "something that I needed to do for myself."
In December 2010, Miller announced that "the drugs and alcohol" "finally caught up" with him after spending the bulk of the last decade on the road with DEVILDRIVER. He added that "the damage [was] catching up with [him] mentally and physically" and that he was going to enter "an intense rehabilitation program" in January "in order for [him] to reclaim [his] health and the person who [he] once was." He also stressed that he needed "to make a change so that [he could] save [his] own life and keep the friends that [he] still [had] left."
Filling in for Miller on the road with DEVILDRIVER for the past few months has been the band's tour manager, Bubble (a.k.a. Aaron Patrick), who has previously played with BURY YOUR DEAD.
"Beast", the fifth album from DEVILDRIVER, sold a little over 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart.