Last December, bassist Jonathan Miller took time off from Devildriver to enter rehab for a drug and alcohol addiction. However, now it would appear that his departure from the band is permanent. Miller announced that he has left Devildriver for good, releasing the following statement:
“I just wanted to thank all of the Devildriver fans around the world for their die-hard love and support for the past nine years.
Yesterday, I decided to leave Devildriver. It was the most difficult decision of my life but it is something that I needed to do for myself.
I had the best times of my life hanging out with all of you guys, but it is time for me to move on.
Much love to everyone.”
Devildriver’s tour manager Aaron Patrick (a.k.a. Bubble) has been filling in on bass since Miller entered into rehab. Patrick has also previously played with Bury Your Dead. Information regarding Miller’s permanent replacement, though, has yet to be revealed. We’ll keep you posted when more develops.
While it’s unfortunate to hear about Miller’s departure as fans of Devildriver, it’s would appear that either Miller is still struggling with his own demons or at least recognizes that life on the road and in the band is not the best for his continuing recovery. Either way, good for Miller for thinking what’s best for him.
Update: Miller’s “official written resignation” to his former band mates can be seen over at Blabbermouth.