Please share your thoughts on the departure of guitarist Troy McLawhorn.
Well you can’t make somebody happy in a situation where they aren’t; you can’t force them to believe in the same thing you believe in and see it the same way you see it. He left unfortunately and went to Evanescence and that’s his deal. There’s always been a rivalry I guess from Amy’s side with me, I personally the time or energy to invest anything into it. If he’s happier there then good luck to him, we are happier with him gone.
We’ve embraced the three piece and we will continue to be one. We’ve tried to have another guitarist and then you become friends with guys and you really become family because you’re on the road all the time, you see a lot of things together, you experience a lot of things together. It’s like being in a marriage pretty much. Even the best marriages end at some point, unless it’s those freak accidents like where my grandparents are married for 50 years.
He left on his own, I just didn’t like the way he handled it at the time so I was pissed about it when he left but there’s nothing you can do about it and ultimately at the end of the day, when the initial shock and anger wears off then you realize well you know what we’re in a better place and to be honest that’s how we feel. We have a lot of fun as the three guys now and I feel like we might have tried to hold on to something a little bit longer than was necessary as well. It was sort of pathetic when I had the album title and months later that’s when he left, if he’s happy then good luck to him, we certainly are happy without him. I certainly don’t think I’ll ever be friends with him again but there’s no animosity from the other guys. I personally don’t have any grudges or resentment but also I’m not begging for somebody to be my friend.
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