Once highly regarded alternative rock outfit Lostprophets have officially disbanded. The decision comes almost a full 12 months since vocalist Ian Watkins was arrested for molesting a one-year-old child and a variety of other sexual abuse and paedophilia charges.
Without going too much into the details, the remaining members of the band explain that the weight of the situation has become too much. Though they don’t rule out the possibility of making music together in another form, the members firmly state that they will no longer be making music under the Lostprophets banner.
The band were on the forefront of the scene for the past 15 years releasing a total of 5 studio albums and touring the planet.
Watkins was arrested in December 2012 on multiple child sex offenses including two counts of rape involving a 1-year-old, and has since been charged. Two women were also arrested as a result of the investigation, one of which has pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching a child and photographing an indecent act with a minor. Watkins is expected to face court in November.
His band mates were just as caught out with the news as the rest of us, explaining then that they were “in a state of shock” and were “learning about the details of the investigation along with you.”
At last count, Watkins was on suicide watch at Parc Prison in Wales where he has been held since being charged. You can read the full statement from his bandmates below.
“After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we’ll be forever grateful for all you’ve given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been.
Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike, and Stu.”
(Via Metal Hammer)