Thanks to Punknews.com for confirming this…
Jim Lindberg of punk rock act Pennywise announced that is is quitting the band after being their lead signer and songwriter for over twenty years.
Jim had this to say about his departure:
After 20 years, nine albums and thousands of shows around the world, my time in Pennywise has come to an end. Being the singer for this band has been an amazing experience, and along the way we made some of the best fans anyone could ask for. There are few things that made me more proud than seeing people at our shows singing our songs, and it’s your support and encouragement that’s kept me going this long. would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped us along the way and wish everyone in the Pennywise family the best of luck and continued success. Yours truly, Jim
Thanks to Ear Shot Media for supplying this statement from the rest of the band about the departure:
After 19 years with Pennywise, Jim Lindberg has decided to step down as lead singer. Pennywise has long stood behind the motto that you should always follow your heart and pursue what makes you happy, and we wish Jim the best of luck in his new ventures, whatever they may be. Pennywise has become a way of life for a lot of people, and has definitely become a way of life for us. As the three remaining members of Pennywise we feel that we are not done delivering our message to our fans.
The band has always been about moving forward in life no matter what obstacles stand in front of you. We will begin our search for a new singer immediately. We will continue to tour the world and we are looking forward to writing new music. We’ve had a lot of good times and survived the hard times thanks to the undying support of our fans. We’re looking forward to what the future may bring.
Sincerely Fletcher, Randy, and Byron
I am glad to see that Pennywise will still move on spite the loss of a main component of the band. I can not wait to see who takes over the singing duties and if there will be a chance in sound.
Jim Lindberg plans on releasing his own album and is also currently in the middle of filming a documentary based of his 2007 auto-biography titled Punk Rock Dad: No Rules Just Real Life.