Rest In Peace: Lostprophets

This is one headline I have been waiting all 2013 to write. Not because I hate the band, but because moving forward as they have in recent months would be the worst possible decision a band could make.

Following a year that has found them tied to the alleged pedophilia their vocalist engaged in with multiple minors, rock outfit Lostprophets have announced they are officially calling it quits. The band has not specifically mentioned the drama surrounding Ian Watkins, but one look at their farewell note to fans and the underlying cause to this disbanding quickly becomes clear. Their message reads:

“To our fans:

After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we’ll be forever grateful for all you’ve given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been.

Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike, and Stu”

This is probably the last thing the remaining members of LostProphets wanted to do, but I do not think they had any other choice given the seriousness of the offenses Ian Watkins is accused of committing. To go on as a band would be to welcome a label of ‘child sex mongers’ over everything they attempt.

We at UTG wish the absolute best for each member of Lostprophets moving forward. If any decide to form a new band, we’ll update you as soon as that information is made available.

James Shotwell
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