Rob Caggiano Explains Why He Left Volbeat: “Sometimes Relationships Simply Run Their Course”
Last week, amidst a flurry of people leaving their respective bands, Volbeat announced that they were parting ways with long-time guitarist Rob Caggiano just before the band was set to kick off their tour. At the time, all we had to go on was the band’s positive statement on social media that wished him only the best moving forward.
Well earlier today, Caggiano himself posted a lengthy statement of his own on social media, thanking everyone involved for his success with Volbeat and his fans’ support.
“Hello everyone. I’m sorry if this is a bit overdue but now that I’ve had ample time to process everything going on around me, I have a few things I’d like to say publicly…
“First off, I want to say thank you to everyone out there for all the amazing messages and support I’ve gotten over the last few days. It’s been very powerful and humbling for me to say the least. It’s reassurance that I’m on the right path and it means so much to me right now.
“To all the amazing fans and friends I’ve met all over the world throughout the years… I love and cherish each and every one of you. Thank you for sticking with me through hell or high water. The world seems to be getting weirder and weirder with each passing day and life never stops throwing twists and turns at us but you guys always keep me driven, focused and inspired to create music, follow my heart at all costs and chase my dreams wherever they may take me. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
“I also want to wish Michael, Jon, Kaspar, (Anders too) and the entire Volbeat camp the best of luck moving forward. I’m extremely proud of everything we accomplished together over the last 10 years. Sometimes relationships simply run their course. Sometimes certain obstacles, people or circumstances get in the way of the greater good. Sometimes people change and priorities shift. Sometimes it’s unavoidable. We had a very special undeniable magic together as a band. It’s not something that comes around too often in this life and it’s not something to be taken lightly. I certainly do not.
“However, while this is really a very emotional time for me I’m also extremely excited about what lies ahead in the future. Lots of exciting things happening right now. I really couldn’t be more fired up!! Stay tuned……”
Though the general sentiment from Caggiano is positive in nature, there may be a little bit of a hint as to why he was really leaving the band, mentioning “certain obstacles, people or circumstances” that blocked “the greater good” along with what he described as shifting priorities. Don’t know what that means, but it sounds like there’s more to it than simply wanting to move on. Whether we end up learning what he means by all that or not is unclear.
Caggiano initially joined Volbeat 10 years ago after leaving Anthrax in 2013. He’s since been featured on four of Volbeat’s studio albums: Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (2013), Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (2016), Rewind, Replay, Rebound (2019), and Servant Of The Mind (2021).
Volbeat will be on tour later this year with Halestorm. You can check out the full list of dates and find links to get your tickets below:
Volbeat & Halestorm Summer Tour
12 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Echo Beach [Tickets]
13 – London, ON, Canada – Rock The Park [Tickets]
15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival [Tickets]
17 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada – Canada Life Centre [Tickets]
18 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada – Sasktel Centre [Tickets]
19 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Rogers Centre [Tickets]
22 – Abbotsford, BC, Canada – Tradex [Tickets]
23 – Spokane, WA – NQ Amphitheatre [Tickets]
25 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Amphitheatre [Tickets]
26 – Idaho Falls, ID – Mountain America Center [Tickets]
29 – Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock Casino [Tickets]
30 – Gary, IN – Hard Rock Casino [Tickets]
1 – Quebec City, QC, Canada – Centre Videotron [Tickets]
2 – Laval, QC, Canada – Place Bell [Tickets]
3 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena [Tickets]
5 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall [Tickets]
6 – Grantville, PA – Hollywood Casino [Tickets]
9 – Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin State Fair [Tickets]