Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay has left the band. He announced his departure on his website this morning.
"Five years sounded like a nice round number," he said. "Thanks to everyone that was a part of the experience."
Nicolay's melodic keyboard lines were a key part of The Hold Steady's sound, providing a counterpoint to Tad Kubler's Thin Lizzy-inspired guitar riffs. His energetic stage presence and fantastic mustache were also major elements to the Hold Steady live experience.
It is unknown where The Hold Steady will go from here, but take solice in the fact that they'll probably reunite with Franz for Coachella 2020.