The Original 7ven confirm Jesse Johnson's departure from band
The Original 7ven, formerly known as Prince-created Time, is now down to slightly less funky six. In a lengthy statement on the band's official site, the guys set the record straight regarding guitarist Jesse Johnson's Facebook posting in December that, "I don't really think I'll be performing with the Original 7 (or The Time if your [sic] nasty) any more!" The rest of the group was blindsided by this announcement, which was not a topic of conversation during a reported three-hour conference call just the day before. After nearly a month-long period of silence, "the remaining 6ix" have decided to keep things going without Johnson.
This is tough news to swallow on any day. When you're dealing with a band with such a long, twisted, fascinating history on the day Wikipedia has gone black, it's especially harrowing.
Just for a quick refresher: Gimme Noise reported back in October of last year that the original seven members of the Time reformed, dropped the new album Condensate on October 18 (featuring the oh-so-hashtaggy "#trendin"), a State Theatre gig in November, and brought some needed punch to the ever-so-delayed NBA season.
Now, the 7ven is looking for a new guitarist, and the full details of their announcement follow below.
ORIGINAL 7VEN STATEMENT REGARDING
Before we address the topic on most everyone's mind, please let us do two things.
First of all let us begin by wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Although our good wishes may be a bit tardy in coming they are nonetheless sincere.
Second let us thank everyone for their overwhelming support of our Original 7ven project.
This project never would have happened without your continued encouragement and blessings.
Now to address the rumors regarding Jesse's departure from the band.
On the morning of December 15th we were awakened to the news that Jesse had issued a message on his Facebook page which said the following:
"Hello Babies, I don't really think I'll be performing with the Original 7 (or The Time if your nasty) any more! We simple don't see eye to eye on anything. Love the guys, but I feel in my heart it's "Time" to walk away while we're all still friends. May Peace be you.
Jesse Johnson Bey"
We were all surprised to read Jesse's Facebook that morning because the 7 of us had spent nearly 3 hours on a conference call the afternoon before, and his desire to leave was not part of the discussion at that time.
On that call we were in fact making plans for the future. And while not everyone was in total agreement on all points, we felt like everyone was committed to this project for the long haul.
Out of respect to Jesse, and because of the holidays we decided it best to take a moment to catch our breath before making any decisions about our future.
While we know that this "silence" was frustrating to everyone who cared (mostly our fans), we believed a few weeks wasn't too much to ask after 30 years of making music together. While we don't have all the answers, we have come to the following conclusions:
1. We respectfully accept Jesse's announcement to not perform with the Original 7ven. His desire to walk away "while we're still all friends" is admirable, and we support and wish Jesse nothing but the best in all his future endeavors.
2. Jesse will not be "replaced" because there is no way to replace a family member, but we will begin the search to fill the now empty guitar spot in the band. Stay tuned.
3. While we're not prepared to disclose any detailed plans at this time, please know that "the remaining 6ix" remain committed to this project for the long run and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you on the road this year!
In the meantime we thank YOU our fans for your continued belief, patience, support, and love.
Mo, Jam, T, Bean, Monte & Rome
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