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Goodbye, Gerald! Our venerable bassist departs for the East…

Jun 29 '10  by keane  [ Band Updates ]

An open letter from Gerald Pan, bassist:

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be leaving Festizio. I joined the band just about four years ago, and to be honest, it still feels like yesterday. I can still clearly remember walking into Hitwall the first time; the first song we played (an early incarnation of “Hot Blooded Bitch,” then called “City of Lights”); receiving the studio keys; sharing our first band beer; and the first show at Ireland’s 32, just a few months after the first rehearsal. Lest I become too sentimental, I’m just going to say that the memories have been spectacular. I never really imagined I would get to be in a rock band, much less record two albums. Nor did I ever expect I would have the honor of playing alongside, and learning from, the three most capable musicians I know.

In a month, I will be heading eastward to attend graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I’ve heard it is slightly more mature than college. If you know of any good taquerias in that area, please let me know.”

I expect the guys to go on to achieve even greater things, and it is kind of up to the fans to get them there. Ladies, please continue to shower Keane with your hotel room keys. You can’t do that to Ryan or Nick – they’re taken.”

Good luck, Gerald! We’ll miss you, dude…

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