STS9 Bassist Is Leaving Band, Winter Tour Dates Postponed

STS9 has just posted a Facebook status that long-time bassist David 'Murph' Murphy will be leaving the band. Over twenty scheduled Sound Tribe dates taking place through February have been postponed.

Here is the official statement from the band:

In life, the only constant is change. We try to embrace this in our music and in our lives and its in this spirit that we announce STS9 and bassist David Murphy are parting ways. We are postponing our upcoming winter tour dates through February. We'll miss David and wish him the best on his journey ahead.

To our fans, we can’t thank you enough for your understanding and continuous support. We are thrilled for the future of STS9 and can’t wait to share it with you.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

-Hunter, Jeffree, Phipps & Zach

UPDATE 9:15 a.m. PT 1/15: Murph has shared a statement about the situation via his Facebook page:

It is with a very sad and heavy heart that I announce I am parting ways with STS9. While we have had an amazing experience together, our paths are taking us in different directions creatively and personally. My deepest apologies go out to all of our fans who have supported us through thick and thin. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for everything y'all have given me. I wish STS9 the best and hope to see y'all down the road...I LOVE Y'all

Also, rumors were flying that Murph would join Cherub. The band issued a statement denying Murph will become a member of the group, though they do plan to collaborate with the bassist and the remaining STS9 fellas:

Dear loyal fans of STS9 and Cherub,

We would like to sincerely apologize for any confusion that may have been caused today because of rumors flying rampant around the internet. We love Murph and the guys in STS9, but we have no current plans to make any additions or changes to the Cherub lineup. We can with confidence say that neither Jason, Jordan, nor any member of the Cherub team had anything to do with these posts made to our social media, or similar posts that have appeared on the social media accounts of other fellow artists.

David, Hunter, Jeffree, Phipps, and Zach, have been some of the greatest guys that we have met within the music industry. They have all gone out of their way to take us under their wing and put us on... allowing us numerous opportunities to open up their shows for their amazing STS9 fan base. For this we are forever grateful, and we feel so lucky to be able to consider these amazing musicians friends.

We would like to send out our love and support to Davi... fuck it... to Murph, as he steps out to persue whatever the future may hold for his prestigious musical career. Murph is like a badass older brother to us that gets us the dirty records that we aren't allowed to have!

We also want to send our love out to the guys in STS9... Hunter, Jeffree, Phipps, Zach, and Saxton too... we are excited to see what is next for Sector 9!

We have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to collaborate with the members of STS9 both on stage and in the studio over the past few years. Each and every time we get together to make music with these guys, magic happens! Though there are no current plans for any changes to the Cherub lineup in the near future, we look forward to all sorts of collaborations with both Murph and the gents in STS9! No news to speak of yet... but we can promise you this; IT WILL BE FUNKY!!!

We are looking forward to an exciting Spring tour and we will be announcing tour dates VERY SOON...

Much love from the Cherubs!
-Jason and Jordan

UPDATE 1/16 12 p.m. PT: STS9 has issued instructions on how to obtain refunds for those who purchased tickets to canceled shows...

We want to assure everyone you will have the cost of their tickets & service charges refunded starting immediately for these recently cancelled dates.

Please read through the scenario’s below to find information about your refund. If you have any further questions, please contact info@sts9.com.

If you bought your tickets through STS9Store.com:

We have already begun to process refunds directly back to the credit card used to purchase the tickets. With numerous ticket orders, this will take a few days. Within the next week, you will receive an email from STS9 stating that your refund has been processed. From then, please allow 5 business days for the credit to appear back in your account. If you paid for shipping, that charge will also be refunded. If you used an STS9 Store credit to make your purchase, the refund will be credited back to your account.

If you bought your tickets through TicketMaster:

Your card will be refunded automatically.

If you bought your tickets directly from a venue box office and/or a non-TicketMaster venue:

Please contact the box office or ticketing provider directly for refund information.

We appreciate your patience and continued support.

-STS9

[Published on: 1/14/14]

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