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Eluveitie announces departure of Sime

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM (PST)

Eluveitie is sad to announce that their long time guitarist is parting ways with them. Along with this announcement, the band announces the successor to Sime’s throne as guitarist for the band.

Check out the comments from the band and Sime himself click here.

The band had these comments to make:

“We regret to inform you that Sime is leaving Eluveitie. Sime was thinking about this since quite a long time already and finally decided to take this step. He will set about some new goals in his life – both, vocational and familial – which will make it impossible for him to play in a touring band. Sime was part of Eluveitie for 8 years now, part of our little, crazy family – and we will dearly miss him. But at the same time we’re thankful for the awesome time we spent together. We wish him and his family all the best for his personal and vocational future!”

Sime had these comments to make regarding his departure:

“A couple of months ago I informed my band mates, that I’ll leave Eluveitie in September 2012 for familial reasons. It was a very tough call, it was difficult to make this decision – in a way the band is part of the family too, after all. I will dearly miss Eluveitie. But fortunately the world (or rather Switzerland) is small: I will still play the upcoming shows in Solothurn’s Kofmehl and the Eluveitie & Friends festival with full commitment! I wish the band all the best and accident-free upcoming tours!”

The band has also named the successor to Sime’s throne:

“His name is Rafael Salzmann and he will play the upcoming tours with us as a live session guitarist. Rafael is a gifted musician and very skilled guitar player and he also already has been working together with Anna in the Soundfarm Studios. Now we’re looking forward a lot to rock the stages together with him!”

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