Pop Evil bassist Matt DiRito exits band

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Pop Evil bassist Matt DiRito has left the band.

In an Instagram post, DiRito, who’s played with Pop Evil since 2007, writes that “time has come for me to part ways” with the Michigan rockers.

“The decision has been made that I will not be joining them on their upcoming tour, or any future tours,” he says. “Walking away from something I’ve helped build is not easy — but it is the best thing for the band, myself and our respective futures.”

As for why he’s leaving Pop Evil, DiRito is keeping that close the vest, writing, “The details surrounding my departure are only known by a few people, and respectfully it will remain that way.”

“I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your endless support and love,” he concludes. “I wish Pop Evil nothing but success in all of their future endeavors and I am thankful for the time that I was able to be part of it.”

Meanwhile, DiRito won’t be the only Pop Evil member missing from the band’s upcoming tour, which kicks off this week. Drummer Hayley Cramer, who’s based in the U.K., will be unable to make the beginning of the outing, as she’s still stuck across the pond due to travel issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. She hopes to rejoin the band on the road in August.

Pop Evil released their new album, Versatile, in May.

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