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.