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Soulfly Bassist Bobby Burns Leaves Band

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In a brief statement, Soufly have confirmed that bassist Bobby Burns has left the band. “The split was completely amicable and there was no animosity on either side,” said Soufly in a release.

Fireball Ministry bassist Johny Chow will “loan his skills” to the band to “upcoming tours for the immediate future” until Soulfly can find a full time replacement for Burns. “Fans will be able to check out this rare, ‘limited edition’ lineup at Sonisphere U.K. and Wacken in Germany in August,” said the band.

Burns announced his departure from the band on his Twitter page. “To all the fans … Soulfly and I have decided to part ways. Stay tuned for my next projects already in the works. Thanks 4 ur support!!!”

Burns Joined Soulfly in 2003 and played on four of the band’s albums, ‘Prophecy’ (2004), ‘Dark Ages’ (2005), ‘Conquer’ (2008) and ‘Omen’ (2010). While he played in Soufly, Burns also played in Primer 55, the hip-hop/metal hybrid he formed in 1997. Acccording to their MySpace, “The band has just wrapped up recording their new album due to be released summer of 2010 through Family for Life records.”

Those who followed Burns’ Twitter profile might have been able to tell that he was unhappy being on the road with Soufly, away from his 5-month-old son, Ryder Lee Burns. On July 3, he tweeted “God I miss my wife and son.” On July 11 he tweeted, “I’m SO headed home in the morning! I cant believe it’s FINALLY OVER!!! Off the bus now and re-packing my bags for my flight in the am.” And the following day, his tweet read “I’m SO F—ING HAPPY TO BE HOME FROM TOUR!!!!”

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