Ben Leaves Yellowcard

(Capitol) Ben Harper Departs Yellowcard to Focus On Takeover Records Projects

"We know there's been a lot of confusion about the situation with Ben Harper and Yellowcard. Out of respect for all involved we've kept the details private until everything was sorted out. Thank you for your patience. We hope this statement answers any questions you might have and we hope to see you soon." - Ryan, Pete, Sean and LP

Ben Harper Departs Yellowcard to Focus On Takeover Records Projects

Ben Harper, lead guitarist of Yellowcard, has announced that he's moving on to focus on developing his indie label, Takeover Records, and related production projects. Takeover was the original imprint to release Yellowcard records as far back as 1997.

Says Ben, "Due to some ongoing tensions within the band, and some great new opportunities with Takeover bands which have recently presented themselves, it seemed time to take my experiences with Yellowcard and apply them to the development of other new artists and new music-centric media projects that I'm planning under the Takeover Records Entertainment Group umbrella."

The band wishes Ben well in his future endeavors.

Says Yellowcard violinist/vocalist Sean Mackin, "We've simply grown apart, personally and creatively, which can happen in any relationship. This change is hard for all of us, but Ben will always be our brother."

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