MANILA -- OPM band Side A has officially lost its long-time lead vocalist Joey Generoso.
In a statement on its Facebook page on Wednesday, the band behind the hits "Forevermore" and "Hold On" announced that Generoso has decided to pursue a solo career.
"He leaves Side A after many great years and memories with the group regarded as the premiere band of the Philippines," the band said.
"Side A has garnered several awards and recognitions with Joey G. Its only fitting for him to create a new sound he can regard his very own. This opportunity affords him an exciting chapter in his career," it added.
Even when he was still with the band, the 53-year-old Generoso performed in numerous solo gigs.
Side A is now composed of original members Naldy Gonzalez on keyboard and vocals and Ernie Severino on drums and vocals. The band's other members are Leevon Cailao on lead guitar and vocals and Ned Esguerra on bass and vocals.
The band also posted a photo of the remaining four members on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the band told its followers to watch out for updates on Side A's "new journey."
"Side A is abuzz with plans. They are motivated to rise up to the challenges presented by changes in the industry. Creating fresh and new material is in the offing," it said.
Side A's last album "Side A 25: A Silver Anniversary Collector's Edition" was released back in 2011.
"The band is committed to carry on with their signature sound. Their musical standards will remain uncompromised and Forevermore will live on with Side A," the band said.