3 Doors Down founding member Matt Roberts announced that he’s decided to leave the band. Roberts grew up with lead singer Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell in Escatawpa, Mississippi, where they formed 3 Doors Down in 1996.
The group, which now consists of Arnold, Harrell, Chris Henderson on guitar and Greg Upchurch on drums considers this split is an amicable one. Roberts has been dealing with health and circulation problems, and those health issues have been exacerbated by performing nearly 300 dates each year with the band.
“3 Doors Down will always have a special place in my heart and it saddens me to take this time off,” said Roberts in his official statement. “But my health has to be my first priority.”
“Matt is our brother and he will always be a part of this band and he will always be welcomed back with open arms,” added lead singer and founding member Brad Arnold.
3 Doors Down’s current tour and schedule will go on as scheduled despite the lineup change. They are currently performing dates across the United States on the ‘Gang of Outlaws Tour’ with ZZ Top and Gretchen Wilson.