In news that will surprise nobody in the rock and metal community, the members of Welsh rock band Lostprophets (sans currently incarcerated frontman Ian Watkins) have issued an official statement via their Facebook page confirming the end of the band. The official statement reads as follows:
“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”
The band’s future has been in limbo ever since the shocking arrest of singer Ian Watkins on numerous child sex and child pornography charges, totalling over twenty offences in all (the original news story from last year can be read here). Watkins trial, along with the trial of two associates charged with the same offences is finally due to begin on the 25th of November 2013. Watkins has been remanded in custody ever since his initial arrest.
Lostprophets were a hugely successful rock band who in their fifteen years together achieved UK number ones in the album charts, sold out arena tours and even had the prestige of headlining the 2008 Download Festival at Donington Park. Further news of what any of the members of Lostprophets may do with potential future projects will be covered here at Rocksins, and of course we will bring our readers any news from Ian Watkins trial as and when it develops.