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BellX minus 1 as Crosby decides to leave the band

Bell X1 founding member Brian Crosby has announced that he is quitting the band. Crosby has decided to concentrate on production and studio activities. The band will continue as a three-piece and kick off an acoustic tour at Cork’s Pavilion …

Fri, Oct 3, 2008, 08:59

   

Bell X1 founding member Brian Crosby has announced that he is quitting the band.

Crosby has decided to concentrate on production and studio activities.

The band will continue as a three-piece and kick off an acoustic tour at Cork’s Pavilion on October 21st.

Crosby’s departure comes on the back of a very busy 2008 for Bell X1 outside of Ireland. Their current album, Flock, was released in the US in early 2008, and the band have toured there four times this year, most recently supporting Stars last month.

They’ve also played a number of European shows and festivals, including dates with Nada Surf and Micah P Hinson.

Work is ongoing on a follow-up to Flock, which was released in Ireland and the UK on Universal Music, but the band’s long-running relationship with that label ended in early 2007.

That album was released on the Yep Roc indie in the US, while a live album and DVD, Tour de Flock was released on the band’s own BellyUp label last year. There is no firm news on what label will house the next album, slated by the band for release in 2009.

Aside from his work with Bell X1, Crosby has put together The Cake Sale album for Oxfam Ireland, scored TV and radio shows and produced other acts such as One Day International.

Crosby says he will continue to applaud and support his former band from the sidelines. “It’s an extraordinary privilege to be in a band with your mates for more than 15 years and I’m really grateful for everything that I have got to do with Bell X1.”

Band frontman Paul Noonan paid tribute to Crosby. “I know his voice will continue to reach people, and I’m sure we’ll work together again in some shape or form.”

Noonan also confirmed that the band planned to recruit a new member to replace Crosby for live shows.

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