Whitesnake keyboardist TIMOTHY DRURY has quit the band to pursue a solo career.
Drury joined the band for its 25th anniversary reunion tour in 2003 - but seven years later, the keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist is moving on to focus on his own music and photography projects.
He says in a statement: "For over seven years now I have been fortunate enough to travel the world, to play and sing my heart out and to share the stage with (singer) David Coverdale as a part of Whitesnake.
"I've learned so much from David Coverdale and this experience, about following one's heart, about being authentic, about never letting fear prevent one from pursuing one's destiny. More than ever, I see the value of what I can express as a composer and producer, photographer, songwriter, singer... as an artist. That is why I must now say my goodbyes to you all and take my leave to pursue some very important creative projects that have been brewing for some time now.
"I am currently preparing for my first photography show in the Winfield Gallery in Carmel (California) where I will be performing my cinematic music at the opening and projecting my images and video on screens. The event will be happening as part of the Carmel Art and Film Festival, October 6th through the 10th."
Meanwhile, Whitesnake will make do without Drury while finishing the band's new studio album - the follow-up to 2008's Good To Be Bad - before seeking a permanent replacement for a planned world tour.
Coverdale adds: "We are sad to lose such a valued member of the band, but, we understand, support and sincerely wish Timothy every success in his solo career and thank him for a great, fun journey together."