Spoon Bassist Rob Pope Leaving Band
Editor's note: this story has been updated with a statement about Pope's replacement.
Spoon bassist Rob Pope is leaving the band after almost 13 years. He announced the news on Instagram on Tuesday (July 9), writing, "As Spoon’s bass player since 2006, I’ve never taken for granted the thrills and challenges that have come with being in this band. Now, after some serious thought, the timing feels right for me to leave Spoon in order to spend more time with family and personal projects.”
Pope has appeared on four of the group's albums, including 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, 2010’s Transference, 2014’s They Want My Soul and 2017’s Hot Thoughts. Pope praised his bandmates Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey, Alex Fischel and Gerardo Larios, as well as the band's road crew, management and fans in his announcement. He also noted that he will continue to work on new music and record and tour with The Get Up Kids.
Pope is taking leave as Spoon -- which just released a greatest hits album featuring the new song "No Bullets Spent" -- is gearing up to launch a tour with Beck and Cage the Elephant, which kicks off on Thursday (July 11) in Ridgefield, WA at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater. A few hours after Pope's statement the band announced that former Robbers on High Street member Ben Trokan has been tapped as his replacement.
See both statements below.
A message from Rob Pope: . As Spoon’s bass player since 2006, I’ve never taken for granted the thrills and challenges that have come with being in this band. Now, after some serious thought, the timing feels right for me to leave Spoon in order to spend more time with family and personal projects. . I have nothing but love for Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey, Alex Fischel, and Gerardo Larios — the gentlemen dudes I was lucky to share the stage, bus, and studio with. . I’d also like to shout out the countless people who worked to make my life easier as our road crew and management, many of whom became my lifelong friends. The show can't happen without them. . I’ll continue to work on new music, including touring and recording with The Get Up Kids, but I’ll always be particularly proud of the amazing things Spoon accomplished over nearly 13 years of my involvement (and sometimes in spite of it). . Before I sign off, I have to thank all of you — the fans. It’s been an absolute honor to share this experience with you. If you are lucky enough to see Spoon on the road this summer, buy ‘em a few ice cream sandwiches for me. . For evah yours, Rob Pope (AKA Robert Pop, AKA Sherpa, AKA The Queen of Sheba, AKA The Last Living Member of the Supremes, AKA The Horizontal Striped Hustler)
Please all yall give a warm welcome to Ben Trokan, he of the bass guitar and to the left in the photo above. His first show is Thursday when the tour with @beck and @cagetheelephant kicks off in Portland. We've got the early evening slot on this tour, so pls push your way to the front and keep us company in the lonely twilight hours. Set times will be posted for every day of show on the show day.