Rob Pope announced via Instagram on Tuesday that he will be leaving Spoon. He had been the bassist for the indie-rock band for 13 years.
Several photos of Pope playing live with the band were included in the post shared via Spoon’s verified account, which Pope also reposted to his personal account.
“As Spoon’s bass player since 2006, I’ve never taken for granted the thrills and challenges that have come with being in this band,” Pope wrote. “Now, after some serious thought, the timing feels right for me to leave Spoon in order to spend more time with family and personal projects.”
Pope also announced in the caption that he will continue to play music by touring and recording with Kansas City-based alt-rock group The Get Up Kids.
Spoon recently released a new single, “No Bullets Spent,” and will release a greatest hits album, Everything Hits At Once, on July 26 via Matador Records.
Spoon are also set to begin their North American tour on Thursday at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash. Beck, Cage the Elephant and others will accompany Spoon for several shows. The tour concludes on Aug. 30 at Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Fla. It appears Pope won’t be joining the band for the tour: He wrapped up his caption by writing, “If you are lucky enough to see Spoon on the road this summer, buy ‘em a few ice cream sandwiches for me.”
Pope signed off with “For evah yours,” referencing the 2007 Spoon hit, “Don’t You Evah,” from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.
See his post below, along with Spoon’s 2008 Daytrotter Session.
A message from Rob Pope: . As Spoon’s bass player since 2006, I’ve never taken for granted the thrills and challenges that have come with being in this band. Now, after some serious thought, the timing feels right for me to leave Spoon in order to spend more time with family and personal projects. . I have nothing but love for ?Britt Daniel?, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey, Alex Fischel, and Gerardo Larios — the gentlemen dudes I was lucky to share the stage, bus, and studio with. . I’d also like to shout out the countless people who worked to make my life easier as our road crew and management, many of whom became my lifelong friends. The show can’t happen without them. . I’ll continue to work on new music, including touring and recording with ?The Get Up Kids?, but I’ll always be particularly proud of the amazing things Spoon accomplished over nearly 13 years of my involvement (and sometimes in spite of it). . Before I sign off, I have to thank all of you — the fans. It’s been an absolute honor to share this experience with you. If you are lucky enough to see Spoon on the road this summer, buy ‘em a few ice cream sandwiches for me. . For evah yours, Rob Pope (AKA Robert Pop, AKA Sherpa, AKA The Queen of Sheba, AKA The Last Living Member of the Supremes, AKA The Horizontal Striped Hustler)
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