Ted Nugent bassist Greg Smith has announced his departure from the legendary rocker’s touring band

Yesterday (Friday, May 5), Smith released the following statement via social media: “After 16 years, and many laughs and amazing times with one of the greatest guitarists to ever pick up the instrument, I am saddened to say I will be unable to be a part of Ted Nugent‘s final tour Adios MOFO. It was a difficult decision but one that I really had no choice in. With Ted no longer touring I had to accept an offer from a tour that will continue for the next several years. I tried to get someone to cover for me for the 2nd half, so I’d be able to do Ted‘s tour, but I was unfortunately unable to.

“I would like to thank Ted for 16 years of some of the most serious, intense, aggressive, and fun music I’ve played in my career… I’ll miss you guys this summer! Kick Ass! I’d also like to thank Doug BankerBob QuandtFrank TrzaskowskiToby Nugent & the crew past & present. Shemane Nugent, and the extended Nugent family for just being awesome people… Ted and band mates past & present during my 16 years, Derek St. HolmesWild Mick Brown, & Jason Hartless. Thanks for an Amazing Ride! See you all down the road!”

Ted Nugent recently announced his farewell tour dates. Called “Adios Mofo ’23”, the run commences July 12 and runs through August 20.

In addition to being Ted Nugent‘s bassist since 2007, Smith also sang backup for Ted, and covered lead vocals on some songs that had been originally sung by Derek St. Holmes.