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Hinder to continue on with new lead singer

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Oklahoma rock band, Hinder officially announced yesterday that they have parted ways with lead singer Austin Winkler.

Earlier this year, while the band was out touring behind their 2012 release Welcome to the Freakshow, it was announced that Winkler was taking some time off from the band for personal reasons.

After the announcement, Winkler released a statement telling fans, "I’ve appreciated all of the support over the years however my disease has got the best of me right now and I am too sick to give you guys my best, that’s what you guys deserve. Please don’t give up on me, I am going to return stronger then ever! I appreciate your patience and I will be back soon.”

In the past, Winkler had may no secret of his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction and it is believed that the break from the band was so Winkler could go into rehab.

Stuck with an album to promote and booked shows, Hinder chose to carry on their summer/fall tour with some vocal help from their friends including a successful run with Saving Abel's Jared Weeks.

Yesterday's news makes Winkler's departure permanent and the band announced that they will continue on with a new singer to be announced.

Hinder drummer, Cody Hanson had this to say in the official press release, "We hold no animosity towards Austin, and wish him the best. Although it was a difficult decision, it was the best thing for everyone involved and time for us to move on. This summer/fall tour was a tough one. We want to thank the fans for all their overwhelming support."

Hinder's 2005 debut, Extreme Behavior, sold over 3 million copies in the US, while its breakthrough single “Lips of an Angel” hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

They have shared the stage with everyone from Motley Crue and Buckcherry to Nickelback and 3 Doors Down.

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