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Buckcherry has officially parted ways with longtime bassist Jimmy Ashhurst. 

After fans began to question why Ashhurst wasn't in the lineup at Buckcherry's recent shows, the band issued a statement explaining that he has been let go.  The rockers say Jimmy voiced his "extreme level of unhappiness on a daily basis," and they gave him the opportunity to step aside on his own. 

But he chose to remain, which began to "diminish the collective happiness, creativity, and progress" of the band.  So the remaining band members say they've decided to move forward, although that add that  Ashhurst is a great musician and they don't wish to put him in an unfavorable light. 

Meanwhile, Kelly Lemieux has come on board to handle bass duties for the rest of Buckcherry's 2013 touring schedule. 

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