Jeff Loomis Departs ARCH ENEMY


Jeff Loomis Departs ARCH ENEMY After 9 Years: Joey Concepcion Steps In

In a surprising turn of events for the metal community, renowned guitarist Jeff Loomis bids farewell to ARCH ENEMY after an impressive nine-year stint with the band. The departure, as announced by both Loomis and the band's founder Michael Amott, appears to be on an amicable note, marked by mutual respect and well-wishes for each other's future endeavors.
"Having Jeff as part of ARCH ENEMY for nearly a decade has been an absolute pleasure", expressed Michael Amott. "We've had a blast touring the world together. Our friendship predates our musical collaboration, and we're even closer friends now, which is fantastic. We understand that Jeff feels it's time to move on from ARCH ENEMY, and we wish him nothing but the best. Change is the only constant, and this is one of those moments where things need to shift for everyone involved to progress satisfactorily. That said, we're extremely excited to announce Joey Concepcion as our new guitarist! He's an extraordinary musician and a longtime friend of the band, having even filled in for Jeff at some European festivals in 2018. We have tours and a plethora of exciting things lined up for ARCH ENEMY in 2024 and beyond, and we're thrilled to move forward and open a new chapter".
Loomis himself reflected on his time with ARCH ENEMY, stating, "My journey with ARCH ENEMY has reached its conclusion. I've had an incredible time (9 years!) playing and touring with the band, but now it's time for me to embark on a new chapter in my life. I wish nothing but the best for Alissa, Michael, Sharlee, and Daniel; they're friends for life. I'd also like to thank the crew, who have always been incredibly kind to me. Their hard work and dedication to the band are remarkable, and without them, we couldn't put on great shows. Thank you again for your support over the years, and a happy New Year". As for Loomis's future plans, they remain undisclosed for now, leaving fans eager for updates.
While details about Jeff's next steps are currently under wraps, the stage is set for Joey Concepcion, the band's newest addition, known for his work in ARMAGEDDON and DARK TRANQUILLITY. "It's an honor and a privilege to work with ARCH ENEMY, and I'm genuinely excited to storm stages worldwide, play, and meet all the fans", remarked Concepcion.
As ARCH ENEMY bids farewell to a pivotal member and welcomes a promising talent, the anticipation mounts for their upcoming ventures in 2024 and the unfolding of this new chapter in the band's storied journey.