Drummer Matt Letley has confirmed that after twelve years on the drumstool with Status Quo, he has decided to leave the band at the culmination of the band's current Quofestive tour.
On his personal website, Matt has said: "It's been a fantastic journey over the past twelve years or so but I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave Quo and move on to something new. My final show will be at the O2 on Wednesday (19th December).
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"No doubt there will be much conjecture that this is somehow related to the upcoming reunion gigs but I'd like to assure everyone that it has no bearing on my decision. Indeed I wish the guys every success with this tour and certainly hope to come along to see one of the shows!
"I should like to take this opportunity to thank the guys in the band, our fantastic crew and Simon and the girls in the office for their friendship and professionalism. Most of all I thank the fans without whom I should not have had the chance to play with one of the best rock and roll bands in the world."
Matt joined Status Quo in 2000 having previously been a drummer for A-ha, Bob Geldof, Kim Wilde and Hank Marvin.
The reunion gigs to which he refers are the highly anticipated Status Quo shows to be held in March which feature the return to the band (albeit temporarily) of bass player Alan Lancaster and drummer John Coghlan. This version of the band are playing nine shows in a 'never to be repeated' UK tour with a setlist based around 1977s 'Live' album. The dates in Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Manchester and London are nearly all sold out.
Status Quo have yet to publically comment on the depature of Matt and his replacement.
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