The Get Up Kids are gearing up to return to the road this week in continued support of their new album Problems, first with an Iowa show and then Riot Fest, and they just revealed that longtime keyboardist James Dewees is no longer in the band. "James Dewees is no longer a member of The Get Up Kids," their announcement simply reads.
James first contributed to The Get Up Kids during the recording of the Red Letter Day EP, and then he joined the band full time and his first album with them was 1999's classic Something To Write Home About, which prominently featured James' keyboard playing. He remained with the band since, up through this year's Problems. James is also the frontman/main member of Reggie and the Full Effect, he was the drummer of the now-defunct Coalesce, and he was the touring keyboardist for My Chemical Romance before they went on hiatus and he toured as a member of MCR frontman Gerard Way's solo band after that, among other projects.
James has not yet commented on his departure from The Get Up Kids.
In related news, earlier this year, Get Up Kids/Spoon bassist Rob Pope left Spoon.
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