WITHIN TEMPTATION have announced the departure of their drummer Stephen van Haestregt. A statement from the band on their site reads as follows:
We are sorry to announce that Stephen and Within Temptation will go their separate ways after the upcoming theatre tour. It isn’t easy to say goodbye after all we’ve been through together.
In this period of time many dreams have become reality for all of us and exceeded our highest expectations. Through the good and bad it has created a bond; we’ve had a wedding, a funeral and have seen each other’s kids being born and growing-up. Everything passed in a flash and we are looking back on it with a smile.
We would like to thank Stephen and his wife Veroniek for all the great moments, passion and devotion. We wish you the best for the future!
You can read the full statement, which includes a letter to the fans from Stephen himself at the bands official site HERE.