This was shared by the band on their official Facebook page on 30th June – but because of my internet problems I only read it today.
It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Jeremy as the drummer in OLP. Jeremy was important to us all and we wish him nothing but the best as he explores life outside OLP and pursues new goals.
A wise man once said “change is the law of life and those who only look to the past are certain to miss the future.” We will always treasure our past but we are truly excited about the future. We’ve just finished recording new music with producer Mike Elizondo and will be showcasing some of the new material on the upcoming summer shows.
We look forward to seeing you all this summer.
Raine, Duncan and Steve
A google search later I found out that Jeremy had announced it on Monday himself that he has left Our Lady Peace after 21 years with the Canadian rock band. “It’s been an absolute wonder to grow up in this band,” Taggart said in a statement posted online in which he called his decision “sad.” The drummer added: “I’d like to thank all the incredible people who accepted us into their hearts, and supported our (my) dream of making records and playing concerts.” Taggart said he is looking forward “to the next step in my life” and insisted he will continue to support Our Lady Peace.
Taggart was only 17 when he joined Our Lady Peace, who held auditions in 1993 to replace drummer Jim Newell. He performed on all eight of the group’s albums. Our Lady Peace has several shows scheduled this summer, including July dates in Victoria and Edmonton and August gigs in Lewisporte, Nfld., Niagara Falls, NY and Toronto. “I will not be playing any OLP shows this summer,” Taggart explained on Twitter. “I encourage you to go and get banged up there anyway.” The band, fronted by Raine Maida, is reportedly in the studio working on new material. Our Lady Peace has not yet commented publicly on the departure or how it plans to replace Taggart.
Taggart is one of my favourite drummers in the world and he is a fun guy to watch on tv interviews. It won’t be the same without him in OLP.