Keyboardist Franz Nicolay leaves The Hold Steady

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After five years with the Hold Steady, keyboardist/accordionist/pianist Franz Nicolay has decided to leave the band. Nicolay made the announcement on his official website earlier this week.

“You should know: I’ve left The Hold Steady,” he said in a message to fans. “I told the band I’d be leaving in early September, played my last show with them in Minneapolis around Thanksgiving, and dotted the t’s and crossed the i’s this week. Five years seemed like a nice round number. Thanks to everyone who was a part of the experience, especially the Unified Scene, who are nice folks. I’ll see you all soon in any case.”

Nicolay joined The Hold Steady in 2005 and was involved the band’s past three albums: 2005’s Separation Sunday, 2006’s Boys and Girls in America and 2008’s Stay Positive. Last year, he released a solo album called Major General and an EP called St. Sebastian of the Short Stage. Nicolay is also producing an album from Brooklyn’s The Debutante Hour.


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