In a new interview
with Alternative Press, California punk/hardcore outfit Good Riddance
has revealed plans to play shows in 2012. The band originally broke up in 2007 after roughly 20 years together.
Although none of the shows have been finalized thus far, an announcement is expected in the near future. When asked about the possibility of new material, frontman Russ Rankin stated, "I don't anticipate that happening but I couldn't unequivocally say we won't."
UPDATE: Good Riddance has now issued the following statement.
"On May 27th, 2007 Good Riddance played our last scheduled show. It was advertised as such and recorded for posterity. Friends and fans traveled from all over to be there and it was a night filled with passion and electricity. In the years since, the members of the group have moved on to raise families, flourish in their respective careers and remain true to many of the band's original ideals.
"Since that final show I have been asked countless times about getting back together and playing again. I never really considered it an option, seeing as how we'd played our final show ('final' being the key word) and all. When I would ask these people why they wanted us back the most common answer was 'The songs! We miss the songs!'
"As it turns out we miss them as well.
"After nearly five years, Good Riddance has decided to perform as a band again. The number of shows, when and where and all the other specifics have yet to be determined but for those of us who really missed the songs and those of you who maybe never got to see the band play, there will be Good Riddance shows in 2012 and perhaps beyond.
"Since that final show we have received offers, as lucrative as they were numerous, to reform for festivals, showcases or various other things. We have turned them all down. This decision has come from an organic desire to play and hear the material again. Many of the factors which drove our initial decision to call it a day are either water under the bridge or no longer relevant to us. We are not trying to compete with anybody, make a living off the band or build a fan base. We just want to play songs which have meant so much to us and so many others.
"We look forward to reconnecting with so many of you who made our journey possible as well as introducing ourselves to perhaps an entirely new audience of people who may have heard our records but never saw us play.
"Good Riddance has always been more than a band. We will also be focusing heavily on promoting and advocating for groups and organizations we support which we believe are key in creating a more just and caring world. We will appreciate any support our fans can offer these groups as we endeavor to stretch our music and its power beyond the milieu of simple entertainment.
"We look forward to seeing you at a show soon."