Reunited punk stars Sublime have cleared up reports surrounding Bud Gaugh's departure from the band, assuring fans the drummer will return to the line-up after a hiatus.
Gaugh sparked speculation he was quitting the reformed group, now known as Sublime With Rome, after telling the crowd at a Los Angeles concert on Saturday (10Dec11) the gig would be his last.
However, Gaugh isn't ditching his drum kit for good - the rocker will rejoin Sublime With Rome after taking time off to welcome another baby into his family.
A statement from the band reads, "There have been some misunderstandings and miscommunication on what exactly is going down with us so we wanted to set the record straight... Our brother Bud is about to have a baby and, understandingly, taking some time off to be with his family. We couldn't be happier for him and welcome him back out on the road with us as soon as he needs a break from the diapers and baby bottles."
The Panic hitmakers also addressed rumours that percussionist Josh Freese has signed up to take over Gaugh's drumming duties, adding, "Unfortunately he's busy with some other commitments and we're not sure if it could work or not."
Founding members Gaugh and Eric Wilson reunited the group in 2009 with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez and released Yours Truly, their first album of new material in 15 years, in July (11).