Madball Bassist to Leave Band After European Tours: “The Band Slowed Down Too Much”
While speaking to the One Life One Chance podcast, bassist Jorge “Hoya Roc” Guerra, who plays with NYHC legends Madball, said that he would exit the band after 30 years following the completion of two upcoming European tours.
He explained that there’s no hard feelings between him and his bandmates but that Madball’s overall activity has slowed down too much and he needs to keep putting food on the table (as transcribed via Metal Injection):
“I got two more European tours and your boy is calling it a wrap, alright? Shout out to the guys in the band, I love them and everything, but the fact is the band slowed down too much and I’m on double time now. Right now, financially and mentally, it isn’t enough for me.
“I got a lot of things that I wanna do, and – like I was telling you, my children eat a lot. I gotta be working [and] the band slowed down. It’s harder for me to make things happen, but there’s no beef. It’s all love. I wish them all the best, but I’m only doing the next two European runs and that’s it.”
He also posted to his social media:
“Wasup everybody I have a little announcement .I am no longer playing bass in Madball . There is NO beef or anything like that and I wish them the best moving forward and always with luv .
“Thanks to everybody who supported me through the years !! I love you all !!!! My family is better then ever.
“And your boy is NOT done yet , if anything I’m only getting started !!!
“Look out for my channel SmokinWordTV and keep those ears open for alot new music drops everywhere !! Always with mad luv ….. and now to the next episode”.
Hoya Roc became a member of Madball in 1993, joining the band after original bassist Roger Miret—the vocalist for Agnostic Front—left the band. Madball themselves have yet to officially comment on the matter but presumably this won’t be the end of the band.