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TAMPA BAY - Fans of the Tampa Bay original rock band, Zig Zag America, will be disappointed to hear that the band has announced that they will be going on a temporary hiatus effective immediately.

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Through an official release issued by Zig Zag America’s representation, Dina Mead, the band assures their fans that they are not breaking up, but taking some time off for personal reasons.

“Due to a few recent changes, the band, Zig Zag America, has decided to go on hiatus for a while. The band is not being dissolved they just need a break to be able to concentrate on their personal lives for a bit. We would like to thank all of our family, friends and fans for your continued support, and we will keep you posted as to when we decide to get back out there. Until then, please continue to support your local music scene.” - Dina Mead, Bay Area Band Source

Though Zig Zag America is officially on hiatus from recording or performing live, Mead has stated that the bands monthly radio show, “Zig Zag America,” will continue to air live on WPRN 102.1 fm The Tampa Party Pirate as scheduled.

ZigZag America consists of Jimmy Starr (lead vocals), Miki Tabakovic (guitar), Jake Schaffer (bass & back-up vocals) and Chad Henderson (drums). The band was originally formed in New Port Richey back in 1993 by Starr and Tabakovic. By the end of 1994, the band members decided to go their separate ways, resulting in ZigZag America’s disbanding.

The original members of ZigZag America reunited in 2010 for a second go-around. Within a year though,Starr and Tabakovic would start having issues with their guitarist and drummer, leading to their departure from the band. Starr and Tabakovic quickly started searching for a new guitarist and drummer for the band.Tabakovic decided to switch from bass to guitar and brought on Jake Schaffer as the bands new bass player in February 2011. The remainder of 2011 would see ZigZag America go through multiple drummers before eventually bringing Beau Garrow on board in the winter of 2011.

With A new ZigZag America lineup in place in 2012, the band started performing all around the Tampa Bay area, quickly building up a solid fan base for themselves. It was also during this time when the band entered the studio to start recording songs for their up-and coming debut album titled ".COM". While .COM was in post-production in May of 2013, Garrow parted ways with the band. Soon after Garrow’s departure, the band would bring on Bobby Walker to replace him on drums. Several months later on August 8th, 2013, the band released .COM

On November 4th, 2013, Zig Zag America announced that they parted ways with drummer Bobby Walker, and replaced him with former Rebel 5 drummer, Chad Henderson.

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