The announcement states that the 51-year-old bassist will no longer be performing live with the Canadian thrash metal outfit he co-founded back in 1982 and that he has left the band entirely. Blacky first quit Voivod after the release of their 1991 album Angel Rat, but returned to the fold in 2008 and was on their latest effort, 2013’s Target Earth.
Here’s the official announcement from Voivod regarding Blacky’s departure:
It saddens us to announce that Voivod will no longer be performing live with Blacky.
Jean-Yves has decided to leave the band for his own personal reasons.
We wish him all the best.
Voivod will carry on.
No announcement has been made yet regarding Blacky’s replacement, but Voivod’s next live show is scheduled for this Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the JonquiÃ¨re En Musique festival in JonquiÃ¨re, Quebec, Canada; they’re also booked for Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, August 9, 2014.