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Tuesday
Sep252012

Daughtry Bassist Josh Paul Leaves the Band After Six Years

Cindy Ord/Getty ImagesDaughtry has lost its third member in six years.  Bass player Josh Paul is leaving the lineup, according to a post on the band's official website, but it appears to be quite an amicable parting.

In a statement, Josh said, "The time has come for me to bow out and let the band continue on without me. This has been a very difficult decision, as these are not only my band mates, but my brothers.  For six years we have worked to build something special together, not only on stage and in the studio, but in our lives. I wish the band all the the luck and success that they deserve!"

Chris Daughtry said, in response to Josh's departure, "I want to thank JP for being such an important part of the Daughtry family for the past six years. I will always be grateful to him, will always cherish the time we've spent together personally and creatively, and truly wish him success & happiness in all his endeavors."

Chris followed that up by tweeting, "We are all very sad to see our brother leave the band however we wish him nothing but the BEST in his future endeavors!"

He added, "Let it be known that is a huge part of our sound and will truly be missed on stage and off. He's been with me since the beginning of 'Daughtry' & always gave 200% every show! is one of the BEST bass players period!"

Prior to Josh leaving the band, drummer Joey Barnes left in 2010 after four years and was replaced by Robin Diaz.  And before that, rhythm guitarist Jeremy Brady left in 2007, after one year of service, and was replaced by Brian Craddock.

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