June 30, 2014 11:59 am

Drummer Jeremy Taggart out of Our Lady Peace

TORONTO — Jeremy Taggart announced Monday he has left Our Lady Peace after 21 years with the Canadian rock band.

“It’s been an absolute wonder to grow up in this band,” Taggart said in a statement posted online in which he called his decision “sad.”

The drummer added: “I’d like to thank all the incredible people who accepted us into their hearts, and supported our (my) dream of making records and playing concerts.”

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Taggart said he is looking forward “to the next step in my life” and insisted he will continue to support Our Lady Peace.

Taggart was only 17 when he joined Our Lady Peace, who held auditions in 1993 to replace drummer Jim Newell. He performed on all eight of the group’s albums.

Our Lady Peace has several shows scheduled this summer, including July dates in Victoria and Edmonton and August gigs in Lewisporte, Nfld., Niagara Falls, NY and Toronto.

“I will not be playing any OLP shows this summer,” Taggart explained on Twitter. “I encourage you to go and get banged up there anyway.”

The band, fronted by Raine Maida, is reportedly in the studio working on new material.

Our Lady Peace has not yet commented publicly on the departure or how it plans to replace Taggart.

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