One of rock’s best drummers left one of rock’s best bands last week, but Sleater-Kinney fans can rest assured the group’s 2019 plans have not been derailed.
A rep for the band tells Billboard that Sleater-Kinney’s ninth studio album, The Center Won’t Hold, remains scheduled for its previously announced Aug. 16 release date, and that the band’s accompanying tour is still on track to launch Sept. 5 in Raleigh, N.C. Both the album and tour were announced in mid-June, before Weiss departed on July 1.
The band’s rep says there is not yet an update on who will replace Weiss for the upcoming shows.
Weiss, who joined Sleater-Kinney in 1996 and debuted on its third studio album Dig Me Out, announced her exit last week on social media, writing that “the band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on.”
The news of Weiss’ departure was especially jarring: she had performed with the band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 19, and the rest of the album’s rollout indicated business as usual for the trio (Weiss’ face appears alongside those of fellow members Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein on the cover artwork).
The Center Won’t Hold was recorded with St. Vincent — her first time producing the band — and will be Sleater-Kinney’s first album for Mom + Pop Music. Previous LP No Cities To Love was released on Sub Pop in 2015 following a prolonged hiatus for the group, and achieved the band’s best sales week to date (28,000 units), according to Nielsen Music.