Sunday night came with some surprising news for all Lonely The Brave fans.
Lonely The Brave are one of Britain’s most successful rock bands of the last few years – with both their debut The Day’s War and its follow-up Things Will Matter reaching No.1 in the rock charts and a busy touring schedule that on top of several sell-out headline tours has seen them play the mainstage at Reading & Leeds, support Bruce Springsteen & Neil Young and join Biffy Clyro on an arena tour of Europe.
On Sunday evening, David Jakes announced his departure from the group for health reasons. He wrote the following in a handwritten post to fans that night:
“I’m writing this with the news that I’ve decided to call it a day with Lonely The Brave.
I’m afraid the problems I’ve been having, with touring and playing live, have made things really difficult concerning my mental health side of things. Sorry I couldn’t push on through it.
To the LTB boys… Thank you fellas for the amazing time I had with you! All the very best with the band going forward. It was a helluva ride. Thanks Wez, James and Mease.
Most of all thank you to everyone I saw at the gigs and spent their money on the music I was part of. It meant so much!
I’ll be the sky and you be the bird,
The band will continue and have begun writing material for their third album. They have made the following statement about Dave’s departure:
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce Dave’s departure from Lonely the Brave. As a brother in music, vocalist and co-founder of the band, he has been integral to everything we’ve done. These times have been life defining for all of us and it’s been a privilege to have shared them with one of the best singers of our generation.
We will miss Dave greatly as a musical collaborator but remain great friends – health and well-being have to be a priority so we fully understand and respect his decision. We’ll all be eternally grateful for the support we have received over the last few years, we will cherish the memories of sharing a stage with Dave, and sharing the experience with everyone who has come to see us.
This is not the end of Lonely the Brave. The four of us will continue with a new vocalist and we plan to begin the search as soon as possible. We shall return to the live arena when the time is right and will be continuing to work on new material in the meantime.
Thank you for all the love and support, see you very soon.
Mark, Mo, Ross and Bush”