Blues Traveler To Carry On Without Bassist

Band has no plans to replace recently deceased Bobby Sheehan; expects to record new album next year.

Blues Traveler have decided to stay together following the death of

bassist Bobby Sheehan.

The band — now made up of singer and harmonica player John Popper,

guitarist Chan Kinchla and drummer Brendan Hill — made the official

announcement Wednesday (Oct. 6), according to A&M records.

"We thought it would be useless to compound the tragedy by letting something

we all, including Bobby, worked so hard for to fall apart," Kinchla said

in a statement released by the label.

Sheehan, 31, was found dead by friends in his New Orleans home Aug. 20,

police said. Coroners in New Orleans still have not listed an official

cause of death.

The band met in New York on Sept. 11 to discuss its future, according to

the statement. At that time, the members unanimously decided to continue.

No decision has been made about whether Sheehan will be replaced, according

to a label spokesperson.

Blues Traveler will begin recording a new album, their sixth and the

follow-up to 1997's Straight On Till Morning, next year.

Two scheduled Blues Traveler millennium concerts at the Reno Hilton in

Reno, Nev., on Dec.30–31 will now be John Popper solo shows. Popper,

who has battled health problems recently and underwent a heart procedure

to clear an artery, released his first solo album, Zygote, which includes

the song "Miserable Bastard" (RealAudio

excerpt), Sept. 7.