Ben Bruce Says Goodbye To Asking Alexandria
In a recent announcement made through Instagram stories, Asking Alexandria’s founding guitarist and primary songwriter, Ben Bruce, has revealed his decision to leave the band.
The musician started his words by expressing his gratitude for the support he has received over the years, saying:
“To my amazing AAFamily. First and foremost, I want to say thank you to everyone for the years of love and support. It means more to me than you can imagine. I’ve spent my entire life dedicated to music. It’s been my first love since about the age of two, and the journey I’ve been on has been absolutely incredible as I’ve grown older and my life has inevitably changed; I have come to realize how precious time is.”
Prioritizing Personal Life
He continued, explaining the reasons behind his departure:
“The time I have spent with all of you has been the time of my life. But now it’s time to dedicate my life to my family. On top of family medical situations, leaving my children means missing out on too many important moments in their lives. It’s so important for me to be there for them as they grow and to be here for my family as they need me to be, which means, after a lot of thought, I will be stepping away from Asking Alexandria.”
Reflecting On A Musical Journey
The rocker finally added the following about his time in Asking Alexandria:
“Thank you to everyone who has come and seen me play live and listened to the songs I’ve written over the years. The memories will live on in my heart forever. I truly love you all so much for the years of support you’ve given me and Asking Alexandria. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Band’s Future In The Wake Of Bruce’s Departure
Despite this significant change, Asking Alexandria has a busy tour schedule ahead, with dates in South America starting in late February. The band has not yet made any official statements about a replacement guitarist.
The departure of Bruce leaves Cameron Liddell as the band’s only guitarist. The search for a new lead guitarist, whether for live performances or as a full-time member, is a looming question for the band.
Ben Bruce founded Asking Alexandria in 2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The band’s journey began with the self-released album ‘The Irony of Your Perfection’ in 2007. After relocating to the U.K., Bruce assembled a new lineup that produced the band’s first label-backed record, ‘Stand Up and Scream,’ released by Sumerian Records. Their latest album, ‘Where Do We Go From Here?,’ was released just last year, adding to their legacy.
You can see his announcement below.