Mick Harvey leaves after 25 years

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Bad Seeds co-founder Mick Harvey has announced that he is to leave the band who play with Nick Cave after 25 years.

In a statement released on Thursday (January 22), multi-instrumentalist and producer Harvey says:

“For a variety of personal and professional reasons I have chosen to discontinue my ongoing involvement with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. After 25 years I feel I am leaving the band as it experiences one of its many peaks; in very healthy condition, and with fantastic prospects for the future. I’m confident Nick will continue to be a creative force and that this is the right time to pass on my artistic and managerial role to what has become a tremendous group of people who can support him in his endeavours both musically and organizationally.

It was a fantastic experience to finish my touring days in the band with the recent shows in Australia and the unique events that took place in conjunction with All Tomorrow’s Parties, especially Mt. Buller, which was one of the many highlights of my involvement with the band throughout the years. I shall continue working on the Bad Seeds back catalogue re-issues project over the coming year and look forward to the new opportunities I shall be able to accommodate as a result of my changed circumstances.”

Harvey has previously released four solo albums and a live album, the most recent being ‘Three Sisters – Live At Bush Hall’.

This year, Harvey has performed solo, as support to PJ Harvey as well as performing with her during her own set.

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