Guitarist BC Kochmit To Cease Touring With Nonpoint

Guitarist BC Kochmit has announced today, August 12th, that he is leaving the band Nonpoint after twenty years of touring and making music with the band. Kochmit posted the following statement regarding his departure on his Facebook page.

I don’t know how many miles I’ve traveled or how many faces I’ve seen in my career. I don’t even know how to begin to count them. What I do know is that every single one of them was a blessing. For over 2 decades I’ve lived an amazing life doing what I love for a living, but over the last 20 years I’ve amassed a great debt. Borrowing from the bank of trust my family has in me afforded me the opportunity to be who I am. I am truly blessed with real love. The kind of love that withstands countless tear soaked goodbyes and FaceTime holidays. The kind of love that stretched across oceans on Mother’s Days and Thanksgivings. What I’ve asked of them is indeed remarkable. Furthermore, I’ve borrowed too much from my own physical body. Ignoring all the aches, pains, and back problems so that I do not deprive a single fan of the energy they deserve. I can ask no more of my family or my body. The bill is due and I’m a man of my word. It is with an extremely heavy heart that I must face the reality that after the Taste Of Madison show on August 30th it is finally time for me to step down and retire from touring full time.

To my brothers in Nonpoint, sharing the stage with you has been truly a blessing and an honor that I will never ever forget. From befriending you guys on your first headlining tour when I was opening for you in Switched in 2001, to when the stars finally aligned and you welcomed me into the fold as a true member of this amazing band, you are and forever will be family to me and that will never change. I wish you all nothing short of the very best and much more continued success from the bottom of my heart. I will always be there to write music with you and do whatever I possibly can for my Nonpoint family. I am Nonpoint for life. The thing I will miss the most though, is looking over my shoulder and seeing my 4 brothers absolutely dominating those stages and giving nothing less than 110% every night. Elias, Robb, Rasheed, & Adam, I love you all more than each of you will ever possibly know. Thank you for all the amazing memories, the unmatched chemistry, your brotherhood, but most importantly … thank you for your understanding.

To all my crew family throughout the years, not one of those shows would have happened without you. You are the real true hero’s of rock and roll. I salute each and every single one of you. Thank you all for everything.

To every fan that ever banged their head, put their fist in the air, shouted the lyrics, or jumped into the pit, you have given me the strength to make it this far and I love you all.

This is not the end of the music. Music is who and what I am. Music consumes my soul. I will always write and compose new music, but I promised myself that I would not watch my daughter grow up through an iPhone. I have to keep that promise. It is time to turn the page and begin the next chapter of my life. I now have to go where I am needed the most. Home.

The band has also posted their own statement regarding his departure. You can check that out below.

It’s with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to our friend @bckochmit as he makes the decision to come off the road indefinitely and step down as lead guitarist for our band. Touring and being away from family is hard for us all. For BC it’s gotten too hard for him to continue touring and being away from his family. He will be deeply missed but we all understand his decision and ask our fans to respect this decision as it did not come easy. We wish you nothing but luck and happiness BC. Love you brother 🙏🏽🤘💛. Click his tag and read his most recent post to read BC’s letter to everyone.

Tonight, the band have announced that Kochmit will still be part of the band in recording music but instead will be not be joining with them on the road. The band posted the following statement on their social media.

As many of you know an announcement was made by our good friend BC Kochmit and his status in the band. Please know that we support this 100 percent and fear not he will still write and record music with us. He brought an element to the that was needed and he will continue to bring that formula to us.
However he will be not be going on tour. Also new have a tour set up starting next month and we will announce soon who will be filling in for us. Thank you for understandings #thankyoubc

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