Motionless in White Keyboardist Josh Balz Exits Band
New year, fresh start! That's the case for many people, including Motionless in White keyboardist Josh Balz, who is exiting the group.
In a posting via the band's Facebook page, the group reveals, "After many discussions and time spent searching within himself over the past year, Josh has come upon many discoveries of who he now is as a person, and what is truly important to him regarding his future." The move appears to be an amicable one as the band has wished Balz nothing but the best with his family and pursuing his dreams and business ventures.
Balz spent 10 years with the group, watching the band's star rise to its current state. But with the musician exiting the band, the group has announced that they will use a "fill-in" keyboardist for their upcoming tour. They also state that Balz' exit will not affect the progress of their forthcoming disc, Graveyard Shift, which is expected to arrive this year via Roadrunner Records. Read the band's full statement on the matter below:
As of today, we regret to announce that after 10 years of time spent with the band, through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Josh Balz will be departing from Motionless In White.
After many discussions and time spent searching within himself over the past year, Josh has come upon many discoveries of who he now is as a person, and what is truly important to him regarding his future. We respect and whole heartedly understand his decision, and while we are sad to see him go, wish him nothing but great things in the future with his family and pursuing his new dreams and business endeavors. For more information from Josh directly, please visit his twitter @Joshbalz.
Regarding our touring schedule, we will be performing on the rapidly approaching “The End Is Here Tour” exactly as planned, now with a keyboardist to fill in. We will also be playing every show around the globe that we have announced thus far and continuing to tour strongly onward after what has previously been announced.
Regarding our new upcoming record, “Graveyard Shift”, everything is also still exactly as planned, and will be releasing this year on Roadrunner Records.
Thank you, Josh, for your years of dedication in helping MIW become something we only dreamt of being when the band started. It has truly been a pleasure to have shared the road with you and to have so many amazing stories and memories to look back on through it all. You will be missed.
As stated, Motionless in White will be hitting the road soon. The band kicks off a winter tour Jan. 13 in Tempe, Ariz., with dates booked through mid-February. They also will play a wealth of U.S.festival dates in late April and May followed by June shows in Europe. All dates can be found here.