Longtime QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Parker Lundgren has announced his departure from the band to focus on “other business ventures.”
“For several years, I have been deeply immersed in collecting and selling guitars, as well as rare and fascinating musical instruments,” he wrote. “This passion led to the opening of my guitar store Diablo Guitars in 2019. Since then, my business has grown and I recently acquired a storefront with a full-service repair shop.
“In 2020, my wife and I opened Lucky Devil Latte, which has quickly expanded to multiple locations. With these new endeavors and ensuing responsibilities, my time to devote to QUEENSRŸCHE has become increasingly strained, and I no longer am able to commit the time and focus it deserves. For these reasons, I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as guitarist in QUEENSRŸCHE.
“I want to thank my friends, family, and fans for making the past 13 years an amazing journey. I wish nothing but the best for my fellow band members, crew and everyone who has supported us.
“I hope to have your continued support as I pursue new ventures.”
The remaining members of QUEENSRŸCHE issued a separate statement, writing: “For over a decade, it has been a great pleasure watching [Parker] evolve and flourish as a guitarist, songwriter, and most importantly, a wonderful human being. Parker will always be family to us and we wish him all the success in the world with his new endeavors. Take hold, brother!”