Incubus bassist Dirk Lance has left the California-based modern rock act, according to a post by singer Brandon Boyd on the band's official Web site.

Incubus bassist Dirk Lance has left the California-based modern rock act, according to a post by singer Brandon Boyd on the band's official Web site. "Well, to cut straight to the thick of it, he is no longer in the band," Boyd said. "I regret to inform you of this in this way but we collectively felt it was the best medium."

"I am aware that the looming ambiguity of this statement might raise more questions than before," he continued, "but please know that we wish him the best of fortune in every endeavor he pursues. And we will and are continuing our pursuit of high art in sound."

Lance has been replaced by former Roots guitarist Ben Kenney, who will make his debut with Incubus on this summer's Lollapalooza tour. As previously reported, the group is among the mainstage headliners for the revived alternative music trek, which kicks off July 3 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Boyd says Incubus is currently working on new material: "the music we are currently composing for the next record will be like melted chocolate on your chests and necks!"

Incubus is also embroiled in a legal dispute with its label, Epic Records, and is suing Epic parent Sony to be freed of its contract. Sony countersued, claiming Incubus owes the label four additional albums.

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