Author: Justin Shekoski
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2015 has been an eventful year to say the least.
Above all else, I have been welcomed into a family of individuals who are more caring, inspiring, cooperative, and more supportive than I could’ve ever imagined. I started working with The Used in January on a temporary basis and, in a nutshell, it has turned into something more serious. Their new guitar player, I am. I couldn’t be more excited or feel more fortunate to travel and write music with this group of guys. Over the past year of touring, fans of The Used have treated me with an incredible amount of respect and love. It was truly touching and I really can’t thank you enough for the welcome thus far. As far as Jeph, Dan, Bert, and I, in addition to an incredible year of shows, we’ve been working on new music and putting together a bunch of ideas that I think are going surprise you in the best way possible.
In light of this news, after years of writing and waiting to produce a new record, some of the members of Saosin have decided to end our 13 year relationship for questionable reasons. This was a shock to me. Even though all of this happened a few months ago, I’m still processing it. I’m sure I’ll discuss this in greater detail at a later time. One thing I can be sure of is that I could not and would not have done anything differently over the past years. The shows were some of the best we have ever played. It truly seemed as if everyone was happy and positivity was at an all-time high. I was proud of the new music we were creating and to be turned away right before we tracked the record that we had spent years writing and our entire career working towards is saddening at best and angering at worst.
If anyone’s heart or commitment to Saosin could have possibly been in question, it certainly wasn’t mine, ever.
C’est la vie.
To all of the fans that have seen Saosin play, listened to our music, shared in the emotions, supported us or in any way—shared the ride, thank you. Thank you for everything.
Experiences: some joyful, some tragic, some trivial, and some life-changing. Saosin has taught me a lot, Thank you.
Back to present and—The Used. Never have I met a group of individuals that have inspired me this much, not only in the vein of music but also to learn more and do more for the people and world around us. I hope, as a group, we can inspire that exact sentiment inside you.
We are very excited to announce our 15 Year Anniversary Tour in 2016! What better way to celebrate than to bring you two nights of music in 23 cities across the US, UK + Europe, where we’ll be playing both our ‘Self-Titled’ + ‘In Love and Death’ albums (and more)! Come help us relive these moments together! Each online ticket purchase will come with a digital download of our new album, Live and Acoustic At the Palace (out April 1st) – featuring a 4-piece string quartet, gospel choir, and more. These songs are so emotional and this recording is a truly special thing that we can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Pre-sale tickets + VIP Packages for our tour can be purchased today at 2pm local time using password: INLOVEANDDEATH at theused.net. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, 11/20 at 10am local time.
After 3 weeks of planes, trains, automobiles and shows, I land back home at LAX and already I want to go back. It’s been years since I’ve been to a lot of these places and some I’ve never been to. It was great to reconnect with some of you that I haven’t seen in so long. I can’t wait to see you all again.
What an amazing tour. Every show was special. Every person I met was excellent and positive. Like I said, Every show had its moments that made them all special, I just wanted to thank you for being a part of them. I cannot wait for the upcoming US tour and whatever the future holds.
See you soon,
It’s been an exciting month to say the least. After a week of rehearsal, a quick (and extremely fun) Saosin tour and a short flight, I have joined a new band…..The Used.
As you may or may not have heard, I have been asked to join forces with The Used to play some great music and be a part of their incredible family. I’m extremely humbled by the opportunity to play alongside not only such great musicians but such excellent people. They have all been beyond welcoming. I can’t wait to hear what music we make together and to see all of you out on the road! More soon…