.

Leroy Bach Leaves Wilco

Jeff Tweedy's crew loses another member

January 28, 2004 12:00 AM ET

Leroy Bach has left Wilco after five years of holding down dual duty on keyboards and guitar.

According to a post on the band's site, the decision was Bach's, though no further information was available. "We'll all miss working with him and, of course, wish him the best in what comes next," a band statement read.

Departures are nothing new for the band. Multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett, who joined shortly after recording wrapped on Wilco's 1995 debut, was ousted from the group in the summer of 2001, just a few months after original drummer Ken Coomer (who had played with frontman Jeff Tweedy in Uncle Tupelo) was issued a pink slip.

Bach, well known on the Chicago music scene. He played with Liz Phair and his own band 5ive Style, and joined Wilco in the late Nineties, filling in after steel guitarist Bob Egan left its touring lineup. He first appeared on record in 1999's Summer Teeth.

Wilco initially toured its 2002 relese, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as a four-piece -- just Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche (who joined during Foxtrot's sessions) and Bach. Keyboardist/laptop guy Mikael Jorgensen began to take the stage with the group during promotion for Foxtrot. Though he hasn't been formally introduced as a new member of the band, Jorgensen has been involved in the sessions for the new album, which as of late last year, had been tipped for a spring release.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com