In a new tour announcement, the Detroit, MI-based band I See Stars published a tour poster featuring only four members, despite fans believing that the band was composed of six members. After speculation occurred as a result of the tour poster announcement, I See Stars have announced that Jimmy Gregerson (guitarist) and Zach Johnson (screamer/keyboardist) are no longer members of I See Stars. In the official announcement, I See Stars explained that the band parted ways with Johnson and Gregerson in June, right before the beginning of writing their fifth studio album. As the statement said, “Sometimes without warning people take different paths in life, and someone in the situation has to know when it’s for the better to move on amicably,” and continued, “We wish Zach and Jimmy the best in all their endeavors. We are proud of the years spent together. Though this all may come as a shock, we’ve never been more excited to take the next step. Here’s to a new chapter.”
However, Gregerson and Johnson released individual statements regarding their departure from I See Stars. In his account via Instagram, Johnson explained that he was “let go months ago,” according to Alternative Press. In his official statement, Johnson also said, “I have been writing and plan to put together a new group very soon,” and continued, “There is no bad blood between me and the guys at all. I thank you all so much for the support when I was a member of I See Stars and I apologize for the delay of the news.”
Guitarist Gregerson also took to Instagram to share his perspective on his departure from I See Stars. In his statement, Gregerson explained, “I need to just clear the air since this continues to be awkward for me months after the fact and I just want it to be over with,” and continued, “I am no longer in I See Stars. I did not choose to leave, I was asked to leave. Why? I’m not really sure. I guess the rest of the guys felt they needed a change. I felt it was necessary to make this clear because as someone who was with I See Stars since day one I thought the fans deserved to know that I did not turn my back on them and walk away.” Gregerson also noted that his future plans are currently “up in the air,” but that he has been traveling throughout the U.S. and working for various bands. As of recently, Gregerson noted that he has been working exclusively with Metro Station, as he makes this transition away from I See Stars.
Come the new year, I See Stars will be embarking on the “Light In The Cave” Tour across the U.S, as Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Get Scared, The White Noise, and Palaye Royal open up for them.