The time has come for me to part ways with the band. I don't really know how to put it in words, but I guess I'll try anyway. The reason why I'm leaving Beyond is because I feel drained and done with the sound we where heading for. Simple as that! I just can't set my mind to come up with new material. It just isn't fun to play anymore. And I have some personal issues that I don't really wanna go in to. That is the other reason why I can't be in a band right now. It's time to recharge the batteries and find myself again.
I'm not done with music, I just feel like I have to take a break and do other things for a while. You know, traveling the world without playing any shows and just focus on myself without any pressure.
And now to the music industry. Like David wrote, The industry is messed up. You have to give your fucking soul for 1 gig these days.. It isn't right, and I can't handle this screwed up industry at the moment.
I want to say a big thank you to all our fans thought-out the years that has been supporting us all the way. Seriously.. You guys fucking rock. My biggest dream as a kid was to go out and tour the world. I haven’t covered the whole world yet.. But big parts of it! Who knows, maybe I will someday. And I am so proud of myself and the guys that we made it this far. I hope I will see you guys on the road for any future endeavors that I might have. And I want to wish the guys in Beyond the best of luck in the future. They will keep kicking ass and bring 100 % to every future show!
Over and out //Pontus