Epica and long-time bassist Yves Huts have decided to go separate ways.
According to the official Epica website, and just a few weeks after releasing the new album “Requiem for the Indifferent”, Huts has decided it is time to embrace new opportunities for his career.
The band stated:
“It is with sadness that we announce that Yves Huts and Epica have decided to part ways. Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band. We want to thank Yves for his contribution to Epica’s success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different way. We will never forget the good times we shared together on the road!!”
Yves himself issued the following comment:
“013 is the venue where we did our first show with Epica and, almost a decade later, also my last. I’m leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world touring band. I’ve tried to live these two different lives simultaniously for as long as I could but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life. I look back to these 10 years in Epica satisfied and enriched with life experience. As a founding member I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far and I’m sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band.
I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck.
Those of you that might be interested in any possible future musical plans of mine can visit my artist page on facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/yves.huts.official )“
Without losing any time, a new replacement has been found: Rob Van Der Loo (also playing in Mayan), who has already pronounced himself about joining the dutch band:
“A few days ago I spoke to Yves and he brought back a memory from the time when EPICA was still a support band for one of my former bands. At that time he would never have guessed that almost 10 years later I’d be his successor in Epica.. Well, neither did I… but I’m damn proud of it! I’ve been sharing the stage with the people from Epica for almost 10 years now, and becoming a member of Mayan last year brought us even closer. So making the decision to join Epica feels pretty good. Therefore I want to show my gratitude to the bandmembers (including Yves) and the crew for allowing me in the Epica family! See you guys on the road! I won’t let you down!”
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Epica live! The band will be coming to Portugal this month for a double date event: 21st in Lisbon, Almada (Incrível Almadense) and 22nd in Porto (Hard Club).
Tickets cost €24 and can be bought at Ticketline – www.ticketline.sapo.pt. The VIP Tickets, include:
- Entrance on the show;
- Meet & Greet with the band;
- Laminated VIP pass;
- Signed band poster;
- Epica shot glass;
Both show are scheduled to start at 8.00PM and will have the bands Stream of Passion & Xandria as opening acts.