Say it ain’t so.
Dave McPhillips is leaving The Coronas.
He announced the news last night, breaking all of our hearts in doing so.
Posting the below image to the band’s Instagram page, it was accompanied by a message from Dave himself.
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Message from Dave x For the last 12 years I have had the privilege to travel the world and play music with my best friends and together make countless new friends along the way. I’ve loved every second of it and won’t be able to put into words what it has meant to me and my family . However, such a long time living a touring schedule that has always been hard to predict, I have known in my heart for the last 6 months that I need to take a break and pursue other ambitions I have always had. I am still best friends and brothers with all the Coronas family and I will always see myself as a Corona and I know that they will too. I’ve been lucky enough to play on the next album and as our fans always say we ‘get better and better with each album ‘ I can tell u on this occasion that is definitely the case. I don’t know what the next chapter holds but I have no doubt we will share a stage again. However after The Long Way Home tour concludes at the end of December I intend to take a step back as the lads continue to fulfil what their dreams and talents deserve . My endless thanks and gratitude to the countless people who helped and inspired me throughout my Coronas career. I’m really looking forward to the December shows and I know ill meet as many friends as possible at these shows and beyond. My love and gratitude always and thank you for allowing me be part of such a wonderful journey. Love always and thank u for everything , Dave x
The message reads:
“For the last 12 years I have had the privilege to travel the world and play music with my best friends and together make countless new friends along the way.
Describing the boys as his “brothers”, Dave goes on to say, “after The Long Way Home tour concludes at the end of December I intend to take a step back as the lads continue to fulfil what their dreams and talents deserve”.
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Over the years we’ve had so many special nights in the Olympia. There was the night the power went out, the 6 night sold-out run, or the Heroes Or Ghosts anniversary show - all amazing memories that will stay with us forever. So when we decided to finally record a live album - something that people have been requesting for a long time - it seemed only fitting to record a show in one of our favourite venues in the world. Recorded over 4 nights last Christmas, The Coronas Live At The Olympia, is a collection of songs and sing-along moments that will be released on CD and Vinyl this December to coincide with our Long Way Home world tour of Dublin! To build up to the launch we’ll be releasing a couple of songs from the album online, this Friday we’ll release Heroes Or Ghosts (Live) sung by us and a packed Olympia crowd! We hope you like it. Love Danny, Knoxy, Conor and Dave X
Putting the decision down to a busy touring schedule, Dave said that he needs to “take a break and pursue other ambitions”.
Concluding the message with a heartfelt thanks to friends, family and fans he finished up by saying: “my love and gratitude always and thank you for allowing me be part of such a wonderful journey. Love always and thank u for everything”.
Fans were understandably gutted by the announcement, with one describing it as “easily the most devastating news ever.
Dave leaving the Coronas is easily the most devastating news ever. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— Erin (@ErinLoves_Music) November 23, 2019
Thanks for all the memories and those fantastic guitar lines. On to an exciting next step - such is life! 🇮🇪🎸👍
— Jackel (@jklkj62) November 24, 2019
We'll miss you, Dave.
(Header image: The Coronas Instagram page)