At The Drive-In split with founding guitarist Jim Ward

At The Drive-In have split with founding guitarist Jim Ward just days before the start of their reunion tour.

Ward’s departure was announced in a brief post on the band’s official Facebook page. It reads: “As our ship prepares for voyage, we announce that Jim Ward will not be joining us on future journeys. We wish him well and are excited to see you soon.”

A replacement for Ward has not yet been named by the band, who are due to kick off the tour in California on March 23 (Wednesday).

The tour marks the group’s first live performances since 2012 when they appeared on a number of festival bills. They are expected to release new music this year.

At The Drive-In 2016 tour

Mar 23: Hollywood Fonda Theatre, CA
Mar 26: Dublin Vicar Street, Ireland
Mar 27: London Roundhouse, UK
Mar 29: Paris Le Trianon, France
Mar 30: Cologne Palladium, Germany
Mar 31: Amsterdam Melkweg, Netherlands
Apr 01: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Apr 04: Berlin Columbiahalle, Germany
Apr 05: Vienna Arena, Austria
Apr 07: Milan Fabrique, Italy
Apr 08: Lausanne Impetus Festival, Switzerland
Apr 10: Barcelona Razzmatazz, Spain
May 13-15: Atlanta Shaky Knees Festival, GA
May 17: Nashville marathon Music Works, TN
May 19: Chicago Riviera Theatre, IL
May 20-22: Columbus Rock On The Range, OH
Jun 03: San Francisco The Warfield, CA
Jun 06: Portland McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom, OR
Jun 07: Vancouver Commodore Ballroom, BC
Jun 08: Seattle Showbox Sodo, WA
Jun 13: Philadelphia Fillmore, PA
Jun 14: Washington Club, DC
Jun 17: New York Terminal 5, NY
Jun 18: Boston House Of Blues, MA
Jun 21: Detroit St Andrew Hall, MI
Jun 23: Toronto Phoenix Concert Hall, ON

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