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Interview:
Thrice bidding fond farewell -- for the moment
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Thrice fans don't want it to be so, but the California modern rock group is planning to pack it in -- temporarily, its members claim -- after finishing its current farewell tour next month.

"It's something that just has to be done right now," explains drummer Riley Breckenridge. "Its not what I would prefer to do, but it's time to take a break so that some of the guys can be dads and the rest of us can figure out what comes next."

Breckenridge, whose brother Eddie plays bass and keyboards in Thrice, says it's primarily frontman Dustin Kensrue pushing for the hiatus so he can spend time with his three young children, who are all under the age of five. "We made a pact early on that if anybody left the band then the band would not continue," Breckenridge, 37, says. "We're a sum of our parts. If you take one of those away, it's just not the same band anymore."

But, he promises, "by no means does that mean we won't write music together again or do shows again. But when I wake up June 20 after playing the last show on this farewell tour, I'll have a lot of figuring out to do what comes next. I'm not going to be waiting for the next tour to come around, 'cause I don't know when that's going to happen."

Thrice has released eight albums during its 14-year history, along with several compilations and EP. The group also plans to release a live album culled from the farewell tour, though Breckenridge says a title and release date have not yet been determined.

Thrice, Animals As Leaders and O'Brother perform Friday, June 1, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $20. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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