Former Killswitch Engage Vocalist Howard Jones Reveals Reasons for Departure

Howard Jones, who, it was announced earlier this week, has parted ways with Killswitch Engage after nine years with the band, has released a statement explaining the reasons for his departure. The statement, released on the Killswitch Engage website, reads:

“Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I’ve had a pretty interesting couple of years to say the least battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with type two diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and to be honest they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me.

“Recently we’ve all been in writing mode but somehow I couldn’t get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it.  The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight I now realize that my heart wasn’t in it. I have had an amazing decade with KSE.  I love Justin, MikeD, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep. Will I be involved in music again? Sure, I have been in bands for a little over half my life, can’t stop now.  Until then, get the new KsE album, it’s going to be good. Thanks everyone for letting me try to entertain you, and I wish myself well in my future endeavors. Gone fishin’ Howard”

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bashley-Joseph/100002355425444 Bashley Joseph

    ….and another one bites the dust!

  • http://www.facebook.com/latenitetweeter Michael Murray

    Sorry to see him go, “This Fire” has been my “Get the fuck in gear” jam for so long, and will continue to be. Get better Howard, your health always comes first.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000710739694 Lunea Evadnea

    so sorry to hear of your troubles i will send healing light your way for you to feel better <3

  • Nathaniel_western

    Was devistated by the news. I couldnt believe it. I fell in love with KSE after seeing the video for Rose of Sharyn. I finally got to see you in Louisville in 09. You guys got me through a lot of rough times. Good luck with all you do & get healthy HoJo.- Nate, Albany,KY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrismhdc Chris Marshall

    I hate to see Howard leave but maybe Jesse will be back or Phil Switch Engage. Either way hope Howard keeps putting out music and KSE will keep killing it

  • Andy

    Do we see a new blood as been shed album? Sorry to see hojo go

  • Dave6268

    Huge loss.Howard is my favorite vocalist.Its going to suck not having him In KsE anymore but its probably for the best….hope to see a sick replacement……. and maybe some new Blood Has Been Shed material?

  • Quiksilversurfer

    Not to make light of the situation…cause having type 2 Diabetes really is lame, but if a pussy like Bret Michaels can go on the road, what does that say about Howard? Buck up Dude, life goes on! You only get out of life what you put into it! And if you just want to sit on the sidelines as life passes you by, then that’s what’s gonna happen. Don’t give me “Woe is me”, give me another “As Daylight Dies”

  • Quiksilversurfer

    Not to make light of the situation…cause having type 2 Diabetes really is lame, but if a pussy like Bret Michaels can go on the road, what does that say about Howard? Buck up Dude, life goes on! You only get out of life what you put into it! And if you just want to sit on the sidelines as life passes you by, then that’s what’s gonna happen. Don’t give me “Woe is me”, give me another “As Daylight Dies”

    • Peterbilt387

      hes drained out and if you read it he said mulitple personal issues is the reason

  • Chad

    I hope they DON’T use phil..Just saying

  • baysin

    I speculate that the reason KSE let Howard go is that Howard has been battling heavy alcoholism for the past few years. I was in rehab with him in Antigua April 2010 to May 2010 which is the reason behind his short break from the band then. While he successfully completed the program while I was there he was dealing with some pretty heavy issues, both physical and mental, as a result of severe alcohol abuse. I love Howard to death and I sincerely hope he gets back on the wagon right away. This is life and death my brother! Peace!!

  • Drum Junkie

    OK baysin.  Posting on MULTIPLE websites with such an unprovable claim is very trollish of you.

    Saying multiple times doesn’t make it true.

  • Tobiasisgreat

    jesse IS back in kse…..you heard it here first!

  • Capt Sharp

    Jesse is pretty good but I think Howard was the best. really sucks to see him go. Its going to be hard listening to KSE and not hearing him. I guess my dream of seeing them in concert is crushed. 

    • Anon

      Same here

  • Savo

    Sad news. KSE will never be the same. RIP KSE. Thank you for some of the best metal of all time! Good luck to Howard and Jesse. I hope I am proved wrong. Slayer and tits!!!

    • maggot

      They got there original lead singer back so its hardly R.I.P.

  • Love4aug10

    you were reason i found out about killswitch. you vocals are amazing your vioce and the band fit (HAAA LIKE-A-GLOVE) we will miss you dude good luck and wish you well on your health issuse.stay healthy

  • http://www.facebook.com/XxNightmareDemonxX Dylan Matthew Zimmerman

    It may never be the same without Howard Jones leading the group.. But dammit he will be missed, I’m going to listen to all the old albums that he was in with them KsE with their new lead singer just won’t be the same.. Good luck to you Howard, best wishes, and live a happy life. You deserve it man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CathleenSchindlerBurton Cathleen Schindler

    Man I miss Howard. Jesse was good, don’t get me wrong, but Howard fronting KSE was magic. I love Howards voice! I am thankful I got to see KSE with Howard twice! I love KSE! Howard, please get back with a band and play some heavy frickin metal!

  • Tim62465

    Howard is no doubt the best singer for them! I will miss him. Heal up,get strong,and come back Howard!

  • jerindo

    he was back in rock am ring 2012 :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.b.parsons.3 Michelle Beatty Parsons

    hope your not done singing all together,your by far the best vocalists there is,it SUCKS your not in KsE anymore :( keep us all posted please and good luck to your health

  • nuz_6969

    i give jesse a ton of thank yous for starting out with the band but when howard became the singer i was speechless and if jesse does come back or if they get phil to do it that would be fine but im sorry it wont be the same without you howard!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/inkbyrich Inkby Rich

    Alive or just breathing is a fucking masterpiece.. Jesses vocals on it are brutal and inspired me to be a vocalist so many years ago.. But Howard is a whole other entity with KSE.. Howard does jesses songs much better than Jesse will do howards songs.. And honestly in due time sucks balls..

  • garrett

    Fml that blows, but the mans got a point. Wish you the best man, ill still give it a chance kse m/

  • screamxskater

    killswitch engage is nothing with out howard wish you could of stayed and still been the front man i have no words for jesse hes just not that good now killswitch was good when howard had taken some time out and had the front man from all that remains

  • Ahead751

    Gosh I hope you get better Howard ur like my fav singer you Hav such a powerful voice and made kse stick out I will miss u :( but jesse is a good singer but not combared to Howard I wish u to best health man and thanks for the amazing albums :)

  • romeo

    THANK YOU HOWARD!!! As Daylight Dies is a masterpiece, your lyrics of worship are incredible! “For You” is obviously speaking of Christ .Thank you brother “for all you are and all you’ve done”…

  • JJ

    Best of luck Howard!! Much love

  • Lj

    you are awesome when i listen to KsE old stuff brings back memories thanks for making that happen your a great man wish you the best!!!

  • tony

    Love you guys. You are,the back bone of this band. The way u sing n scream nothing will replaceit. Such amazing talent. Get back in the game