After co-headlining this year’s Jagermeister Tour with Hawaiian rockers Pepper, and suffering through a personal loss of the band, SoCal punk rockers Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg recently announced, after almost 20 years, he will leave the band. This comes as a major shock not just to the band, but to the punk community as well. Lindberg released this statement to the press regarding his departure:
After 20 years, nine albums, and thousands of shows around the world, my time in Pennywise has come to an end. Being the singer for this band has been an amazing experience, and along the way we made some of the best fans anyone could ask for. There are few things that made me more proud than seeing people at our shows singing our songs, and its your support and encouragement thats kept me going this long. I would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped us along the way and wish everyone in the Pennywise family the best of luck and continued success.
Yours truly, Jim.
According to Punkmusic, the band also released its own statement in regards to Lindberg’s departure:
After 19 years with Pennywise, Jim Lindberg has decided to step down as lead singer. Pennywise has long stood behind the motto that you should always follow your heart and pursue what makes you happy, and we wish Jim the best of luck in his new ventures, whatever they may be. Pennywise has become a way of life for a lot of people, and has definitely become a way of life for us. As the three remaining members of Pennywise we feel that we are not done delivering our message to our fans.
The band has always been about moving forward in life no matter what obstacles stand in front of you. We will begin our search for a new singer immediately. We will continue to tour the world and we are looking forward to writing new music. We’ve had a lot of good times and survived the hard times thanks to the undying support of our fans. We’re looking forward to what the future may bring.
Sincerely Fletcher, Randy, and Byron
While it doesn’t seem likely the Pennywise will end anytime soon, it’s quite a blow to the skate punk legends. With a performance slated for the Van Warped Tour 15th Year Celebration, it seems Fletcher, Randy, and Byron will stay true to their word and continue trekking on. Lindberg, however, is currently working on his own documentary, based on his book Punk Rock Dad. While no official release date has been set, count this punk rock disciple in for a pretty awesome showcase.