Placebo drummer Steve Forrest leaves the band
Placebo have announced that drummer Steve Forrest has quit the band.
The sticksman, pictured above on the left hand side, joined the band in 2008, replacing the trio's former drummer Steve Hewitt, but has now left to "pursue his own musical ambitions".
The band will play a full UK tour next month, with former Colour Of Fire drummer Matt Lunn filling in behind the kit.
The band issued a statement, which reads as follows: "Steve Forrest, who joined Placebo in 2008 and has toured with them over the last two album campaigns ‘Battle For The Sun’ and ‘Loud Like Love’, has decided to leave the band. The split is very amicable and Steve was keen to pursue his own musical ambitions, and has been writing and recording his own material over the last few years."
They continued: "Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal would like to thank Steve for all his work with the band and wish him all the very best in his future career. Taking on the role as Placebo’s new touring drummer for the UK tour is old friend Matt Lunn, former Colour Of Fire drummer, who in fact supported Placebo on various tours back in 2004. Placebo embark on their biggest regional UK tour in years, commencing in February, where you can catch the new line up."
You can find the full list of tour dates here. The band's last album Loud Like Love was released in 2013. You can preview it on the right of the page.