Former Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano has posted an explanation about his departure from Volbeat. The guitarist parted ways with the band last week, which was announced first by the band via Instagram. Breaking his silence, Caggiano confirmed his leave on June 12. In the post, he wrote:
“Sometimes relationships simply run their course. Sometimes certain obstacles, people, or circumstances get in the way of the greater good. Sometimes people change and priorities shift. Sometimes it’s unavoidable.”
He stated his gratitude in the explanation:
“We had a very special undeniable magic together as a band. It’s not something that comes around too often in this life and it’s not something to be taken lightly. I certainly do not. However, while this is really a very emotional time for me I’m also extremely excited about what lies ahead in the future. Lots of exciting things happening right now. I really couldn’t be more fired up! Stay tuned.”
The guitarist also thanked his bandmates, his fans, and his friends:
“To all the amazing fans and friends I’ve met all over the world throughout the years… I love and cherish each and every one of you. […] I also want to wish Michael, Jon, Kaspar, (Anders too) and the entire Volbeat camp the best of luck moving forward. I’m extremely proud of everything we accomplished together over the last 10 years.”
The band’s earlier explanation not only stated the guitarist’s departure but also who would be the guitarist for the 2023 tour. The post said:
“After ten incredible years we must sadly announce that Volbeat and Rob Caggiano have parted ways. During our time together we’ve traveled the world sharing great experiences and released four albums that we are immensely proud of, and we wouldn’t change a moment of it. Filling those shoes on stage will be a herculean task, but our good friend Flemming C. Lund (The Arcane Order) will be jumping in to handle lead guitar on our 2023 shows.”
Caggiano, not only a guitarist but a producer as well, played in Anthrax for more than ten years and left the band in 2013 to focus on studio production work for a while. After a few months, he was enlisted as the producer for Volbeat, and when their collaboration was a success, he was asked to join the band.
After the guitarist’s departure, Volbeat released their summer tour dates. You can see the dates here.
See Caggiano’s statement here.