Madball and guitarist 'Mitts' part waysWednesday, October 18, 2017 6:58 AM PT / 15,971 views
New York City hardcore legends Madball have announced the departure of guitar player Brian "Mitts" Daniels after roughly sixteen years together. Details haven't been disclosed, but his exit appears to have been the result of a mutual decision by both parties. Madball had this to say:
"It was a very hard and heartbreaking decision, for all involved. I want to thank Mitts for all his years of service - for his loyalty, passion and stellar guitar playing. He shared the stage with us for 16 years, which is longer than any other guitarist. We shared some very special moments together in those years, both on and off stage. We had many good times, sad times, bad and funny moments. As is the case with Family. He will go into our own personal "hall of fame" of class acts that have been part of the MB family - wish you nothing but the best... Love ya Mitty! As for MB's future plans - We will be updating you from the studio, the writing process is in full swing. Europe- we will see you in November!"Meanwhile, Daniels offered the following:
"It is with very heavy emotion that I would like to announce that my time with Madball has come to and end. Over the past 16+ years with this band, I've been lucky enough to fulfill almost every dream that a musician could ever have. I've gotten to travel the globe, made 4 LP's, 3 EP's, shared stages with heroes of my childhood. The friendships I've made with all of you, from here and around the world, are priceless. Most importantly, I would like to thank my bandmates, Freddy, Hoya, Mike, as well as past members Matt, Rigg, Ben, Mackie, Raj. It's truly been an honor to share the stage with you all. "With regards to reasons why, I ask that you respect our privacy. The only thing anyone needs to know is that we all still remain on great terms. I have always, and will forever consider these guys my brothers, and I wish them all the best going forward from here. I have no doubt that they will continue to crush it for many years to come. Look out for 'For The Cause' in 2018! "As for my future, I am by NO means retiring, or hanging up my guitar. I've been playing music since I was 10 years old, and I have no intentions on stopping. As well as playing, I will continue to produce bands, something that I'm very passionate about. For every bit of sadness I have from closing the Madball chapter of my life, I am also very excited and looking forward to new ventures and opportunities in music. See you all soon!"
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