The Goo Goo Dolls have fired Mike Malinin, their drummer for the past 19 years.
Malinin was the first to announce that he's no longer with the group, tweeting last Friday that he'd "got some news today" and "just wanted to say thank you to the fans who've supported me for 19 years! Best of luck and happy travels to the band." The next day, he tweeted again, "To clarify, it was not my decision to leave the band. But no grudges held. I wish them all the best."
Yesterday (Monday), the Goo Goo Dolls finally confirmed Malinin's departure on their website: "Over the past few days you may have heard through the internet that our drummer of the past 19 years, Mike Malinin, will no longer be touring with the band. It is true...but we wish him the best in his new journey and hope that fans and friends alike will...consider this decision was not taken lightly by anyone involved. Things happen personally and professionally that drive difficult decisions like this, but rest assured we are looking forward to continuing our 28-year journey as [The Goo Goo Dolls]."
Malinin tweeted in November that he'd be taking time off from the group because his wife was expecting twins in December. He'd been expected to rejoin the band for tonight's New Year's Eve show at House of Blues in West Hollywood. Lifehouse drummer Rick Woolstenhulme who's been filling in for Malinin since the Goos' appearance at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, is expected to continue in that role for the foreseeable future. Lifehouse announced in September that they are on an indefinite hiatus.