With a spate of vinyl reissues of their lauded catalog on the way, and a tour of Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand slated to begin in February 2019, it came as a surprise to longtime Teenage Fanclub fans that bassist/vocalist Gerard Love was separating from the group per the standard “irreconcilable differences.”

The official announcement is as follows from their website:

We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to Japan and Australia in 2019, and will also be visiting Hong Kong and New Zealand for the first time.

Feb 01: The Vine, Hong Kong  |  Feb 04: Zepp Diver City, Tokyo
Feb 05: Nagoya Club Quattro, Aichi  |  Feb 06: Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka
Feb 12: Corner Hotel, Melbourne  |  Feb 15: Metro Theatre, Sydney
Feb 16: The Triffid, Brisbane  |  Feb 18: Powerstation, Auckland

In relation to that we have another announcement to make. Gerard Love will not be with the band for these dates, or any other shows beyond those we are playing this year. His last show with the band will be on November 15th at the Electric Ballroom in London. Following discussions within the band going back several months there is a continuing and sadly unresolvable difference of opinion on whether the band should proceed with proposed touring plans, so after that London show Gerry will be separating from the band, and Teenage Fanclub will be continuing without him. The band wish Gerry all the best in his future musical endeavours.

However, all of us are looking forward to the shows we’ll be playing this year, and in particular to making sure the 3-night shows in October and November will be something special. To that end, joining us for those dates will be Brendan O’Hare and Paul Quinn. There are still limited tickets available for some of those dates.