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Minutes Too Far says goodbye



It seems that the clock and rock are about to stop for local band Minutes Too Far.

Ending an eight-year run, the Bethany pop-rock outfit bid farewell to fans and its 22,000-plus Internet friends through a posting on its MySpace page.

"We've been all over this beautiful country, met hundreds of amazing guys and gals, and played our music in every kind of dive you can imagine," band members wrote in a post late November. "But as all great (journeys) end, so must ours."

The band members insist they are still friends, writing that Minutes Too Far's split is not a "divorce where the parents try to act like they don't hate each other."

"We've been doing this for a very long time now, and just couldn't figure out what to do next. The decision to say good-bye is nothing personal," they wrote.

In an e-mail, guitarist Blake Fischer said he and other members will continue on with separate projects and are eager to make music with "no strings attached" without having to worry about "business consequences." Fischer, also an established local singer and songwriter, said he will concentrate on performing his solo material and hopes to complete and release an album he has been "slowly working on."

Saturday's "farewell show" at The Conservatory was canceled due to a band member's illness, drummer Kris Monier said, but will be rescheduled in the coming weeks, bringing the band and large local fan base together for a party and proper send-off. "Joe Wertz

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