U.K. power metal act Power Quest announced that bassist Paul Finnie is leaving the band in order to spend more time with his young family. Paul joined the band in 2009 and played on the "Blood Alliance" and "Sixth Dimension" albums along with the "Face the Raven" EP. The band has not yet named a replacement.
Paul has released the following statement: “After a great deal of thought and consideration I am sad to say that my time playing with Power Quest has come to end. This is not a decision I have taken lightly, but I do believe it be the right decision at this time in my life.
"It has been an absolute honour for me to have experienced the journey to this point with my long time friend Steve. From my time assisting the band on tour as crew/stage manager to stepping into the bass playing role, every moment has been a pleasure and the memories will be with me forever. I'd like to thank Steve publicly for letting me share in his musical journey, for his support and belief, and more importantly a friendship that has and will live on.
"I've been lucky enough to live out some of my life ambitions with Power Quest, recording music that has been heard around the world, toured at home and abroad, and shared a stage with some of the most talented musicians to grace the Power Metal Genre. The highlight of my experiences has to have been finally visiting and performing in Japan. In the World of metal this is many a musicians dream, we did it boys, we got there!
"I've also been lucky to have been able to meet so many wonderful people around the World who have supported Power Quest over years. The love and support that each and every one of you guys shows the band is humbling and heart warming, and it's one of the things I will miss the most. I look forward to now joining you all in giving the boys even more support in the future. I'm sure you may occasionally see me coming along to some shows, and I look forward to belting out some classic PQ choruses with you all.
"Steve, Rich, Ash, Andy, and Glyn, you guys are not just friends for life, you're more like family........the PQ family. Thank you guys, thank you for understanding, respecting and supporting my decision.
I can only think to leave you now with some words on which I'm we can all agree are very true............You can be sure in the one thing we know, MAGIC NEVER DIES!
Thank you for everything!”
Band leader Steve Williams made the following observations after hearing the news: “It’s a very sad day for the band, and particularly for me personally, knowing that Paul is no longer going to be part of PQ. As you all know he’s been in the band since 2009 but many of you may not be aware that he was part of our crew from 2005-2009. In that sense he is probably the longest serving person involved with the band other than myself.
"I’ve actually been friends with Paul for almost 25 years, long before PQ even started. He is one of my closest friends in the world and there is no doubt that the friendship will continue for another 25 years. I will certainly miss his level headedness and he’s the kind of guy who is always there to help you out of a sticky situation as he has done with me many times over the years.
"I fully respect Paul’s decision, even if it is not the one I wanted him to make. As a father he is absolutely right to put his young family at the top of the priority list and I admire him all the more for it. I’m going to miss working with him on the road and in the studio but that is tempered by the knowledge that I may have lost a bass player but I still have an incredible friend.
"On behalf of Rich, Ash, Glyn and Andy I wish Paul, Melissa and Chiara all the very best for the future and I look forward to hopping on a plane to Glasgow and seeing them all very soon.
"Cheers brother! You’ve been a legend…….the PQ legend!"