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Sick Puppies Say Ex-Frontman Tried To “Dissolve The Band”

Written by Marc Zanotti on November 7, 2014

Sick Puppies have responded to former frontman and guitarist Shimon Moore’s claims that he was kicked out of the band. Moore claimed he learnt about his axing when Sick Puppies’ remaining members Mark Goodwin and Emma Anzai announced in October, via Facebook, they were continuing on without him.

Goodwin and Anzai say Moore is “distorting the facts” in a new statement released via Loudwire. Sick Puppies write they would have rather avoided a public back and forth with Moore but felt a responsibility to “set the record straight.”

“We have always wanted to be professional and respectful to everyone involved,” stated the band, “but unfortunately Shim has taken a different approach and has been distorting the facts to make himself out to be the victim of a surprise ‘ousting’.”

Moore’s ex-bandmates refute his claims that he learnt of the split via Sick Puppies’ statement on 20th October, as “simply not true.” Furthermore Goodwin and Anzai claim Moore sought legal action to try and disband Sick Puppies. “The truth is Shim engaged a lawyer against US … for the second time. He notified us through his lawyer that he wanted to dissolve the band.”

The statement goes on to say that the remaining members weren’t prepared to “casually throw away 15 years of hard work” and felt the best way to serve their music and their fans was to continue on without Moore.

“All our hard work and dedication was now in jeopardy, not to mention all YOUR years of love and support of the band. We couldn’t let that happen so we made the difficult decision to move forward without him.”

Despite Moore’s actions Goodwin and Anzai still wish him well and conclude their statement thanking their fans for their support and say “they’ll see you out on the road real soon.”

Now that Sick Puppies have told their side of things, it’ll be interesting to see what Moore does, if anything, next. Sick Puppies are working on their first album without Moore while auditioning new singers.

You can read Sick Puppies’ full statement below.

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Hey Everyone,

We have always wanted to be professional and respectful to everyone involved, but unfortunately Shim has taken a different approach and has been distorting the facts to make himself out to be the victim of a surprise “ousting.” We released a statement on October 20th and had planned on not responding to Shim’s posting, but after reading all your comments we felt the need to set the record straight.

Shim’s claim that “This was the first I had heard of it” is simply not true. The truth is Shim engaged a lawyer against US … for the second time. He notified us through his lawyer that he wanted to dissolve the band. All our hard work and dedication was now in jeopardy, not to mention all YOUR years of love and support of the band. We couldn’t let that happen so we made the difficult decision to move forward without him.

Despite Shim’s actions we still wish him the best.

We, Emma and Mark, love writing music, performing and being in this band. If you know us at all then you know that we would not casually throw away 15 years of hard work. We trust you understand and each of you should know that moving forward we only want, and have always wanted — to keep the focus on the music.
Thank you so much for all your love and support and we’ll see you out on the road real soon.
Emma and Mark.

via Loudwire

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