The HigherAmerican rockers The Higher have stunned fans by announcing the departure of guitarist Tom Oakes over "personal and creative issues."

The guitarist was the founding member of the former five piece, and Oake admits he is "shaken" by his decision to quit the band. However The Higher insist they will carry on without Oake and continue with a planned U.K. tour later this year.

In a statement, the remaining members of the band said, "The Higher regrets to inform everyone that due to personal and creative issues, Tom Oakes has decided to take leave from the band. We wish him the best in his future projects."

Oake says, "To all of you, I want to thank all of you for what you have done for this band. I am personally shaken about this, but not destroyed. The band is very adamant about continuing on and I have nothing but the most faith in the world that they will not only continue, but succeed."

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)


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