Angels And Airwaves part ways with drummer and set release for Love Part Two

Angels And Airwaves have announced that they have parted ways with founding member and drummer Atom Willard. Atom has featured on the bands previous three albums as well as their new upcoming fourth album ‘Love: Part Two’ which will be released on 11th November.

‘Love’ began last year when they band released what is now known as ‘Love: Part One’ for free online and it was eventually downloaded by over one million people. The band followed this release earlier this year with the “Angels And Airwaves Presents Love” live event which was broadcast in over 460 movie theatres across the US and now the band are preparing for the launch of ‘Love: Part Two’ on 11th November.

Fans will have a variety of choices when they step into AVA’s world on 11-11-11, with ‘Love Part Two’ available for purchase as an album on its own, or in a variety of packages: a standard version that contains both ‘Love Part One’ and ‘Love Part Two’ albums; a deluxe version with both ‘Love’ albums plus the 85-minute Love movie on DVD; a package that upgrades the deluxe version with a 128-page comic book based on the movie or adds a limited-edition t-shirt; plus a package (limited to 25) that contains a signed, customized TD Epiphone guitar similar to the one frontman Tom DeLonge uses during his performances.

The album’s lead radio single is the anthemic “Surrender,” while the band has already released a high-tech video for “Anxiety,” which was filmed at the state-of-the-art Sky Church venue at Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum, boasting the world’s largest indoor video screen and a 48,000-Watt sound system. So far, “Anxiety” has received more than 500,000 views online, including over 350,000 views in the first week alone.

The band first gave the public a taste of ‘Love Part Two’ on August 10th, when Angels & Airwaves Presents Love Live hit silver screens. Beginning with an introduction from DeLonge, who also served as executive producer of the feature film, the evening featured a screening of the thought-provoking feature, which Variety praised as “an impressive show of imagination and design…” As part of the band’s vision for crossing over into different mediums, AVA also created the soundtrack for the film. Angels & Airwaves then took to the stage for a live performance of three songs, and finally debuted the music video for “Anxiety.”

AVA includes frontman/guitarist DeLonge (Blink-182); guitarist David Kennedy (Hazen Street and Box Car Racer); and bassist/keyboardist Matt Wachter (30 Seconds to Mars), who joined in 2007. The band has released three studio albums: 2006’s gold-certified ‘We Don’t Need to Whisper’; 2007’s ‘I-Empire’, which rocketed into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 charts; and 2010’s ‘Love’. To date, AVA has sold more than two million albums worldwide, with chart-topping singles that became mainstays at modern rock stations around the globe.

     

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