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At the Drive-In Has Parted Ways with Jim Ward – and Fans are Pissed

The band's 2016 tour was marketed as a reunion of the full lineup

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Seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In is scheduled to embark on a reunion tour this year. The band sold tickets to a tour that was intended to include all five original members of the band, but yesterday, the band made the following announcement via Facebook: “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.”

Fans are not happy. Ward was a founding member of the band and is considered integral to their sound. Many fans are complaining of feeling duped after the founding lineup was used to market the tour (At the Drive-In’s website now features a broken image where the full lineup had previously been pictured). Complaints on the band’s Facebook post (see below) read: “Maybe finalize that shit before you sell expensive ass tickets?” and “Jim was a huge part of the magic of At The Drive-In, really shitty how you guys marketed this emphasizing everyone will be a part of it.”

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.

Posted by At The Drive In on Friday, March 18, 2016

Twitter users are not happy either:

The band has not immediately replied to requests for comment. Who will replace Ward on tour?

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