It’s a sad sad day for Bowling For Soup fans as the band has announced that longtime bassist Erik Chandler has parted ways with the band.
This news has quickly taken its toll on myself because Bowling For Soup was one memory I share with a dear friend as we both went to see them for the first time together and that memory sticks out just because of how genuine and wacky everyone was as a person and more recently in the last year, I got the opportunity to interview Erik In Newcastle. He’s one of the hardest working people in music I’ve seen and if somehow he does read these words, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the memories Erik, they’re ones I’m not going to forget.
A statement from Bowling For Soup was made via Facebook which says:
After 24 and a half years, we have some bitter sweet news to share.
As many of our fans know, Erik has not been playing with BFS for a while now.
Erik has recently come to the decision, for personal reasons, that touring and being in a band full time has become too much for him. Together, Erik and the band have decided to part ways. This split is on good terms. We will always be Erik’s biggest fan and brother, and support him in his decisions and future endeavors. We also hope that our fans will support him and respect his decision and privacy in all of this as he enters the next chapter in his personal and professional life.
Now for the good news. Rob Felicetti, who has been playing with BFS since May of 2018, has been jumped in and will continue as the bassist in our band! Rob has been touring with us with his band Patent Pending for years and fits in better than any of us could have imagined!
Patent Pending fans, never fear, Rob will still be in Patent Pending, unless our schedules cross…Which almost never happens!
We are sad to see the end of the Erik era, but more than overjoyed with the things we have planned in the coming months and years! We know you will all absolutely LOVE Rob as we and so many of our fans already do!
Thank you all for being the best.
We love you all!!