NewsJuly 19, 2022 4:48 PM ET4,108 views

DevilDriver announce return of original bassist Jon Miller

The band is ready to start touring again soon

DD Original Lineup

DevilDriver have announced the return of their original bassist, Jon Miller. This comes just days after former bassist Diego "Ashes" Ibarra announced his departure via Facebook.

Frontman Dez Fafara (Coal Chamber) said about Miller:

"Jon is a monster on bass and wrote much of our early material. We began talking daily and it just felt right… and having him onstage again will be absolutely pummeling technically and visually. For the fans that have seen the band with Jon in it, please welcome him back. And for those of you who haven't, get ready because he holds it down.

Having most of the OG members in the band now after almost 20 years feels good."


Lead guitarist Mike Spreitzer had to say:

"It's been a solid decade since I've shared the stage with Jon Miller, and I'm thrilled to have him back in DevilDriver. Without him, I probably wouldn't be in the band. He was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 that eventually lead to me joining DevilDriver. I'm very much looking forward to getting out on the road and having him with us again."

In addition to the evident excitement over Miller's return, Fafara also had a few words to say regarding Ibarra's departure:

"It's always difficult letting guys go in any line of work, but we thank Ashes for his time playing with DevilDriver on tour. I'm sad I had to let him go, but to make way for an original member was the right thing to do. We wish him the best and he's a great guy.

Ashes has been an amazing addition to the DevilDriver family over the years. He's one of the most solid and fun guys I have ever had the honor to call my friend. I'm going to miss our 3-4-hour-long morning coffee sessions that we shared since he joined. He will forever be my brother."

Having been on a break since July 2019, Fafara suggests that we should expect more details on a DevilDriver tour come August. The band has undergone several changes in the three years since they last hit the road, having recently added Alex Lee (Holy Grail) as a replacement for former guitarist Neal Tiemann.

Fafara said regarding the tour announcement:

"Get ready because we have a massive tour announcement coming in August. It's been since July 2019 that we've toured, and the break was needed. The fire is there now and we are ready to destroy stages!"

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