Nearly five decades later, Ten Years After is parting ways.
The band took to their official website earlier this week with the following announcement:
“As you may already know, Joe and Leo have left Ten Years After to pursue other musical activities. Chick and I will continue as Ten Years After with two new members whose names will be announced in the near future.”
They continued, “We’d like to thank all of you for your commitment and support over the years and hope that you’ll encourage the new Ten Years After line-up with the same enthusiasm in the future.This was an amicable arrangement and all the musicians wished each other well in their chosen ventures.”
The lineup change will mark only the band’s second, as they replaced the late singer/guitarist Alvin Lee with Joe Gooch in 2003 after Lee left the group.
As the announcement states, drummer Ric Lee and keyboardist Chick Churchill will continue on under the band’s name with two new members, while Gooch and bassist Leo Lyons will move on to other projects.
First launching in England in the 1960s, Ten Years After is best known for their songs “I’m Going Home,” “Hear Me Calling,” “Rock’n Roll Music to the World” and “I’d Love to Change the World,” among others. The group’s most recent release, Revolution, was released in 2008.
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