SALIVA to continue after death of last original member Wayne Swinny | Revolver

SALIVA to continue after death of last original member Wayne Swinny

Band to release new album recorded shortly before his passing
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In March, Saliva guitarist Wayne Swinny — the nu-metal veterans' last remaining original member (pictured above, second from right) — died at the age of 59. Today (April 28th), the band announced their plan to "move forward" with the release of the album they had completed shortly before his death.

"Since the devastating loss of our brother Wayne, we have had many difficult discussions regarding the future of the band," Saliva's statement reads. "We had recently completed an album that was three years in the making, but when tragedy struck, we paused all plans and focused our energy on supporting one another and Wayne's loved ones through this troubling time. As we grieved, we also took time to reflect on the joy of countless memories together on the road, travelling, making music and performing.

"Wayne truly loved being onstage and he loved his fans. We also thought about all the creativity, talent, and passion that Wayne put into what would ultimately and unfortunately end up being his last album. Onstage and off, Wayne was a powerful presence in as our lives, so the decision on whether to carry on as a band is a difficult one.

"What is the best way to honor a legendary talent like Wayne?

"After careful consideration, and with the support of his family, we have made the decision to pay tribute to his legacy the best way we know how, through our music. We intend to move forward with the release of our album so everyone can hear the new songs that Wayne put his heart and soul into. We will also continue with the summer tour plans, honoring his memory every time we perform with a portion of the proceeds from each show gifted to his daughter Nikki.

"The entire music community has lost a remarkable talent, and Wayne's impact on the music industry will continue to be felt for years to come.

"We miss Wayne beyond measure, but we know that he would want us to keep making music and sharing it with our fans, and to keep his spirit alive through our performances.

"We are grateful for the love and support from Wayne's family, fans, and friends.

"Rest in peace, Wayne. You will be missed, but your music will live on forever."

Saliva's announcement, which you can see in its entirety below, was accompanied by a separate statement from Wayne's sister Linda Hanson, who reiterated the band's sentiments. In addition, Saliva launched a GoFundMe with Linda to create a trust for the late guitarist's daughter and cover any expenses. If you can, please donate here.