Boston ska-punks The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have broken up, just one year short of their 40th anniversary. The news of the split comes as something of a surprise, given that the band signed a new record deal in January 2021, and had been booked to play England’s Slam Dunk festival in June.
In a statement posted on their website, the group say:
“After decades of brotherhood, touring the world and making great records together, we have decided to no longer continue on as a band. Above all, we want to express our sincere gratitude to every single one of you who have supported us. We could not have done any of it without you.
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS”
Beyond a three year hiatus from 2004 to 2007, the Bosstones have been active since 1983, with singer Dicky Barrett, saxophonist Tim ‘Johnny Vegas’ Burton, backing vocalist (and tour manager) Ben Carr and bassist Joe Gittleman permanent fixtures in the band.
The group’s most recent album, When God Was Great, was released in May 2021. They were arguably best known for their 1997 single, The Impression That I Get, which has almost 32 million plays on YouTube, and 94 million plays on Spotify.
In a curious twist, the band’s break up comes just days after Rolling Stone revealed that a song that promoted Robert F. Kennedy’s anti-vax rally in Washington, DC, Heart Of Freedom, was apparently produced by Dicky Barrett or someone with the same name.
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