After 15-years of blood, sweat, and shows, drummer Ron Welty has left The Offspring. Welty posted the following message on the bandís official web site, "After more than 15 great years with The Offspring I've decided to leave to devote all my energies on a new project called Steady Ground. I wish Dexter, Noodles and Greg the best of luck moving forward and it's time for me to focus on my own thing."
Singer Dexter Holland commented,"After being together so long it will be weird doing stuff without Ron, but we are really looking forward to putting this new record out. We wish him the best."
In a quick turnaround to the apparently not-so-shocking news, The Offspring have replaced the void left by Welty with John Freese (The Vandals, A Perfect Circle), who will join the band in the studio to record their upcoming album. We're still not sure if Freese will remain in the band once the record is finished and released later this year, but we'll keep you posted.
The new record is rumored to be titled, Chinese Democrazy (You Snooze You Lose), which makes fun of the long awaited Guns N' Roses record that quite possibly may never be released. Axl's lawyers have sent The Offspring a cease and desist letter just in case they really plan to go ahead with that album title.
Source: Jason Anfinsen