Terrance Hobbs Discusses Frank Mullen’s Retirement from Suffocation, Confirms They’re Working on a Farewell Tour


In case Frank Mullen looking directly into a camera and telling you he’s done with Suffocation after 2018 somehow didn’t convince you that he’s really leaving the band, now guitarist Terrance Hobbs as confirmed as much.

From a new interview with Metal Underground (transcript via Metal Injection):

“I believe that Frank is planning on completely stopping. He does wanna do, like, a farewell tour, but it’s so hard for him, as well as for us, because there’s so much of the world, he can’t just take off three months and do South America, do Australia, do Europe, do America, do Japan, go to all these different countries. So right now we’re working really hard on — especially between management and Frank — trying to find out what would be the best areas that he’ll be able to do in the short amount of time that he has to do a farewell tour. So, eventually it’s gonna come, and hopefully it never will. Because we all love Frank — he’s one of my best friends in the world, he’s always a part of the business of Suffocation as we made this together, and after 30 years… It’s not like somebody, oh, he just joined the band and he didn’t do a show, so now you kick him out and that’s it. No. Frank’s been there for 30 years. Now he’s my business partner, and it’s a more adult relationship.

“As I said, as time goes on, there’s a lot more responsibility for him, and, I guess, all the rest of us who are just musicians, we can go and play in a band all the time and play guitar or go and play in a band and play drums. Frank is screaming his lungs out, and at the end of the day, he’s getting his bad headaches and things like that, which, in turn, is making it harder for him to do the kind of touring that a band like us, a death metal band, needs to do in order to get out to the rest of the world and have people take a listen.”

So, yeah, Mullen is leaving for really real, and most fans won’t have an opportunity to say farewell. Once dates are announced, y’all might wanna consider traveling if need be…

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