NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Rob Pope, the bassist, and guitarist for the indie rock band Spoon, announced that he’s stepping back away from the group to pursue new projects as the band kicks off their current tour.
“As Spoon’s bass player since 2006, I’ve never taken for granted the thrills and challenges that have come with being in this band. Now, after some serious thought, the timing feels right for me to leave Spoon in order to spend more time with family and personal projects,” Pope said in an Instagram post announcing his departure from the group.
“I have nothing but love for Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey, Alex Fischel, and Gerardo Larios — the gentlemen dudes I was lucky to share the stage, bus, and studio with,” he added.
Pope also took a moment to thank the band’s supporters and team, “I’d also like to shout out the countless people who worked to make my life easier as our road crew and management, many of whom became my lifelong friends. The show can’t happen without them,” he continued.
Pope joined Spoon in 2005 and performed on four of their albums, including 2017’s “Hot Thoughts.”
Following Pope’s exit, Spoon announced that Ben Trokan will join the group on bass guitar for their current co-headlining tour with Cage the Elephant, Beck, and Starcrawler.