Danny Olding, keyboardist for acclaimed Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT has announced his departure from the group. Olding posted the following message via the group's official web site:
"Hello to all my friends...
"Unfortunately I have quite a sad announcement to make...
"Now that the EDGUY tour is over and VANISHING POINT have no further bookings for this year I feel that now is the right time to announce that I will no longer be playing keyboards in VANISHING POINT. It is a decision that for most of this year I have been trying to avoid making but after having a long discussion with the guys earlier last week I have decided that it is the right thing to do.
"My reasons for leaving are personal and I want to stress to everybody that this has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with anybody from VANISHING POINT. You heard it first from me, If anybody says otherwise, then they are wrong! I love those guys like my brothers and they were very supportive of my feelings and my subsequent decision. Rest assured I will be dropping into VP rehearsals on a regular basis where we will continue to laugh and hang shit on each other just as we would have if I was still a band member.
"So what do I have planned next?
"I have always had an interest in songwriting and music scoring and I am looking to dedicate as much of my time as possible to pursuing that interest. I will be writing primarily Heavy Metal, but for a bit of fun I am also writing some pop material which I hope to get published in the future. At this stage I have no plans to form or join any other band.
"VANISHING POINT are a great band and they deserve all the recognition they can get. I look forward to the next chapter in the VANISHING POINT story and I plan to be there every step of the way helping the guys out any way possible. Only this time not as a member, but as a fan and a friend.
"For such a young age I have achieved a lot in the last two and a half years with VANISHING POINT. Be it playing at Wacken, touring Europe, or even being a part-time member of the mighty GAMMA RAY. They were all excellent times and will remain in my heart as happy memories that I will cherish forever.
"Throughout everything that we have all been through, the undying closeness
and friendship that I have formed with Jack, Joe, Tom, Silvio and Chris, will always be my greatest achievement of all.
"Thanx, and I'll see you around.... Dan"
As a result of this latest development, VANISHING POINT are currently seeking a new full-time keyboardist. Interested parties can contact the band at [email protected] or phone +61-0419 003 079 or +61-0412 127680