by Chris Atticus l Thursday, November 21, 2013
Photo - Lacey House
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Hinder has officially and permanently parted ways with lead singer Austin Winkler, according to a statement issued by the Oklahoma-based band. Winkler left the lineup during a tour earlier this year for what was said to be "personal reasons," although it was later confirmed that the hard-partying vocalist had entered rehab for the second time in his career. Jared Weeks from Saving Abel filled in for Winkler on what was then a temporary basis.
In the new statement, Hinder drummer Cody Hanson said, "I'm really proud of what we accomplished over the years. We hold no animosity towards Austin, and wish him the best. Although it was a difficult decision, it was the best thing for everyone involved and time for us to move on."
- Hanson added, "This summer/fall tour was a tough one. We want to thank the fans for all their overwhelming support. We couldn't have made it through everything without you. We are very excited about the future of Hinder and can't wait to share the next chapter with all of you!"
- There's no word yet on who Hinder might recruit on vocals. It was reported when Winkler left earlier in the year that the band was interested in either American Idol season seven winner David Cook or season 10's James Durbin.
- The band has spent much of 2013 on the road in support of its fourth album, Welcome To The Freakshow, which came out last year.
Watch Hinder perform Get Away From You in the Acoustic Den last fall below: