Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg bowing out
Singer/songwriter Jim Lindberg is leaving Pennywise after nearly two decades with the punk outfit.
"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," Lindberg said in a prepared statement. "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."
Lindberg, who serves as founder and consultant for the Video on Demand action sports and music network Havoc TV, has helmed the California punk act since its 1988 inception.
The band's remaining members--Fletcher Dragge, Byron McMackin and Randy Bradbury--wished Lindberg well in a statement issued Friday (8/21):
"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."