Tommy Johansson Is Leaving SABATON After 7 Years

Guitarist Tommy Johansson and SABATON is parting ways. Tommy have played for SABATON for over 7 years and is now leaving to pursue his own musical projects outside of the band. There have been no announcement so far regarding replacement for Tommy.

SABATON states on their website:

“Dear SABATON fans,

We have some news.

After 7 amazing years in the band, our guitarist, Tommy, has decided to leave SABATON to pursue his own path. We wish him nothing but the best on his journey. We have been a close family and we will continue to support him in the adventures that await him in the future.

Tommy joined the band in 2016 but he has been a close friend of SABATON ever since our first meeting at the end of a concert in 2005. As a valued member of the band, he has contributed to countless immortal memories.

Tommy’s departure from SABATON will not be effective immediately. He will stay on to ensure that all goes smoothly with the handover to our next guitarist. While a small part of his large heart will always remain within SABATON, we all know that he must follow his dreams.

Even though we will not wake up daily in the tour bus next to him, we are sure that our paths will cross again many times in the future, both on and off the stage.

Fly on your wings and strings brother!

/Pär, Chris, Hannes and Joakim!”

Tommy also leaves a message:

My dear friends!

After 7 glorious years of Heavy Metal, I have decided to step down as the guitarist of SABATON. This has been the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my entire life.

As many of you may know, I do a lot of things outside of SABATON. I play with another band, perform with various artists, and have a career as a singer that I’ve put aside for years to focus on SABATON. After doing this for seven years, I feel it’s time to start following my heart.

This means I will no longer tour with my brothers in SABATON and will not meet all you lovely Sabaton supporters on the upcoming tours with the band.

I will never quit playing music. I’ll still be touring with Majestica and other projects, but not on the same level as Sabaton of course. I am sure I will meet you lovely fans on the road again in the future.

My brothers in Sabaton and the best crew in the world will forever be my second family and I will miss spending time with all these wonderful people. We had so much fun together every day. I’ve come to learn so much about life, about music and about touring that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else.

A massive thank you to all you lovely Sabaton fans for accepting me as the new guitarist in 2016. I am certain you will accept the person who takes over after me.

All the best to you all and I’ll see you again soon!

Cheers

/Tommy

Watch music video for “1916” from the latest album “Stories From The Western Front” here:

About SABATON:
In over two decades since their launch, Swedish metallers SABATON have carved out a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the business – gaining a legion of loyal fans across the globe, delivering ten highly-rated studio albums (including two certified platinum-sellers), and scoring multiple industry award wins and nominations… not to mention launching their own annual festival and cruise.

SABATON is:
Joakim Brodén – Vocals
Tommy Johansson – Lead Guitar
Pär Sundström – Bass
Chris Rörland – Lead Guitar
Hannes Van Dahl – Drums

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Tommy Johansson Is Leaving SABATON After 7 Years

January 21, 2024

Guitarist Tommy Johansson and SABATON is parting ways. Tommy have played for SABATON for over 7 years and is now leaving to pursue his own musical projects outside of the band. There have been no announcement so far regarding replacement for Tommy. SABATON states on their website: “Dear SABATON fans, We have some news. After 7 amazing years in the band, our guitarist, Tommy, has decided to leave SABATON to pursue his own path. We wish him nothing but the best on his journey. We have been a close family and we will continue to support him in the adventures that await him in the future. Tommy joined the band in 2016 but he has been a close friend of SABATON ever since our first meeting at the end of a concert in 2005. As a valued member of the band, he has contributed to countless immortal memories. Tommy’s departure from SABATON will not be effective immediately. He will stay on to ensure that all goes smoothly with the handover to our next guitarist. While a small part of his large heart will always remain within SABATON, we all know that he must follow his dreams. Even though we will…

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