Bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi of the Canadian tech-metal punk act PROTEST THE HERO will sit out the rest of the band's current "Volition" touring cycle in order to focus on "other projects at home." His replacement on the road will be the band's longtime friend, producer and creative collaborator Cameron McLellan.
Says PROTEST THE HERO in a statement: "Arif has decided that the touring schedule we have signed up for to support 'Volition' is more intense than what he is prepared to commit. He is actively involved with other projects at home and being a full-time band member isn't a practical thing.
"Though he has, and will be, missed out on the road with his brothers, everything was left on a positive note and we are open to his involvement down the road and only time will see how it all plays out. In the meantime, our longtime friend and tourmate Cam McLellan will be filling in on bass duties for the rest of the cycle. As an amazing musician, co-writer and producer of 'Volition', he is more than capable to pick off where Riffy left off.
"Don't fret, Cam's working on his giant happy smile and well-placed high kicks during our set!"
As previously reported, PROTEST THE HERO was honored in the "Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year" category at this year's Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards), which was held on March 30 in Winnipeg after a week of musical celebrations across the city.