Janet Weiss
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Janet Weiss Exits Sleater Kinney Ahead Of Tour

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(CelebrityAccess) — The riot-grrrl band Sleater-Kinney may be looking for a new bandmate after their current longtime drummer Janet Weiss announced she’s exiting the band.

“After intense deliberation and heavy sadness, I have decided to leave Sleater-Kinney. The band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on,” Weiss said in a statement posted to social media.

“I will never forget the heights we reached or the magnificent times Corin, Carrie and I shared,” Weiss added. “We were a force of nature. To the dearest SK fans — you’re the raddest fans in the universe and I love you. Experiencing the music together has been the honor of a lifetime. Thank you for sustaining me the past 24 years and proving without a doubt that love and connection are what saves us.”

The remaining members of the group — Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker — confirmed Weiss’s departure in their own social media post, thanking her for her work with the band.

 

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Weiss, who was the band’s fourth drummer, has performed with Sleater Kinney since 1996, when she replaced Toni Gogin who was only with the band briefly.

Weiss’s departure comes as Sleater-Kinney are preparing to release their 9th studio album “The Center Won’t Hold” which is due on August 16th. The band is also slated to hit the road for a tour which kicks off on Sept 5th at Downtown Raleigh, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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