Over a month after the death of Blues Traveler bass player Bobby Sheehan, the surviving three members of the band have announced that they plan to stay together.Sheehan died at age 31 on August 20 at his home in New Orleans. At the time of his death, he was preparing to work on his first solo album. There were also plans for Blues Traveler to return to the studio this fall to begin work on their next release (see “Blues Traveler’s Bobby Sheehan Found Dead In New Orleans” ). Since Sheehan’s death, the group’s future has been in doubt. Recently, the band’s three remaining members, singer-harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, and drummer Brendan Hill, met to discuss their future and decided to remain together. Kinchla commented on behalf of the band in a statement, saying, “We thought it would be useless to compound the tragedy by letting something we all, including Bobby, worked so hard for to fall
apart.” Blues Traveler will reconvene next year to work on its sixth studio LP. No word yet on who will handle the bass duties on the album.
In the meantime, the band’s previously scheduled New Year’s Eve gig at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada has been changed to a John Popper solo show.