Ahead of Valencia’s final show tonight, December 28th, in Philadelphia, frontman Shane Henderson has released a statement regarding Valencia’s career and the future of the band. Check out the statement below!
“I was going to get all emotional and write a really long post about tomorrow and about the last 8 years of my life, but honestly it all really comes down to me just saying thank you. Thank you to our fans, the people we care about the most, the people that kept us going strong when we didn’t know if we could do it. Thank you to the amazing people who have paid to see us play some of whom have been to 91, yes count them 91, Valencia shows. Thank you to the people who went ape shit at our shows and made the 10 hr drives worth it for me, thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt so that the 5 of us could eat on tour, thank you to the people who put us up for days sometimes weeks at a time, thank you to the ones who consistently had our backs when the shit heads would come out swinging with criticism, thank you to our Isurrender records family and everyone involved in the production of our music, thank you to all the bands we’ve shared the road with, thank you to all the countries who have showed us love even though we are from so very far away, thank you to our families for believing in us, thank you to our girlfriends for dealing with the stress of long distance relationships, thank you to the people who bought our records, thank you to our friends who have inspired us to follow our dreams knowing you’ll be right there no matter what. Thank you to the people who have shared their life stories and how our music positively affected them. I could go on and on, but really, thank you for allowing me to live out my dream. Without you none of this would be possible. Someone once told me that success should only ever be measured on a personal level, because as long as you are happy with yourself and your efforts then you should consider yourself successful. Well, I am proud of our accomplishments and proud of our work ethic, and consider the last 8 years to be a successful run.
This is not goodbye forever, more like see you sometime soon. Never forget the memories we have all shared together… I know I won’t. As for the future, I hope you all find your reason to believe, because I am pretty certain I have. Thank you all! I love you and hope to see you tomorrow.