Tonight Alive Announce Departure of Guitarist Whakaio Taahi

Photo Credit: Neal Walters

It’s bittersweet but we just have to accept it. Aussie pop-punk rockers Tonight Alive have just announced the departure of their guitarist Whakaio Taahi. In a statement released on Facebook, the band have said that they will “always hold a place for their brother and best friend”. Read the full statement below:

It is with regret and great sadness that we announce our guitarist Whakaio’s departure from Tonight Alive. After 9 years on this path together, Whak has made the decision to step back from touring and pursue his own career in songwriting and producing outside of the band. Whakaio loved and came alive in the creative process; it was a pleasure and privilege to witness. We know his heart and gifts belong in the studio and we continue to love and support each other as a family. The four of us consider ourselves to be 1 part of a greater whole, and will always hold a place for our brother and best friend, whose energy will be known, heard and felt for lifetimes.

In the midst of goodbyes, the band dropped their newest single “Temple” filled with a grungy pop undertone. The number will be from their upcoming fourth album Underworld and is expected to be out January 12. Earlier this year, they also announced their signing with Hopeless Records while dropping the powerful track “World Away”.

Tonight Alive will be starting their “Back To Beginnings” National tour this month, starting in Canberra through to Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Adelaide with their last show in Melbourne. Check out the dates below!

Tonight Alive ‘Back To Beginnings’ 2017 National Tour

Tuesday, 31st October
The Basement, Canberra
Tickets: Live Nation

Wednesday, 1st November
Uni Bar, Wollongong
Tickets: Live Nation

Thursday, 2nd November
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tickets: Live Nation

Friday, 3rd November
Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Tickets: Live Nation

Saturday, 4th November
The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets: Live Nation

Thursday, 9th November (All Ages)
Fowlers Live, Adelaide
Tickets: Live Nation

Friday, 10th November
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Live Nation

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