“After 20 years, nine albums and thousands of shows around the world, my time in Pennywise has come to an end,” Lindberg said in a statement.
“Being the singer for this band has been an amazing experience, and along the way we made some of the best fans anyone could ask for. There are few things that made me more proud than seeing people at our shows singing our songs, and it’s your support and encouragement that’s kept me going this long. I would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped us along the way and wish everyone in the Pennywise family the best of luck and continued success.”
Just to show there’s no hard feelings, Pennywise also released a statement regarding Lindberg’s departure:
“After 19 years with Pennywise, Jim Lindberg has decided to step down as lead singer. Pennywise has long stood behind the motto that you should always follow your heart and pursue what makes you happy, and we wish Jim the best of luck in his new ventures, whatever they may be. Pennywise has become a way of life for a lot of people, and has definitely become a way of life for us. As the three remaining members of Pennywise we feel that we are not done delivering our message to the fans.
“The band has always been about moving forward in life no matter what obstacles stand in front of you. We will begin our search for a new singer immediately. We will continue to tour the world and we are looking forward to writing new music. We’ve had a lot of good times and survived the hard times thanks to the undying support of our fans. We’re looking forward to what the future may bring.”
Back in late 2007 Lindberg and Pennywise were prepping to release the band’s ninth studio album – Reason to Believe – for free by partnering with MySpace Records and mobile music distributor Textango.
At that time Lindberg told the Edmonton Journal, “For a band like us, what are we going to do? Put out another record that goes to the same fans and the same places? When you’ve been around as long as we have – especially in this new environment – having something new is crucial.”
Lindberg’s future plans include recording a yet unnamed solo album, and he is currently working on a documentary based on his book, “Punk Rock Dad.” The performer is also a founder and consultant for Video On Demand sports and music network, Havoc TV.