SIX60 founding member and drummer Eli Paewai has this evening announced his decision to leave the band.
The pop rock band – which includes Matiu Walters, Ji Fraser, Chris Mac, Marlon Gerbes, Hoani Matenga and Eli Paewai – was formed in 2008 while they were students at the University of Otago.
“Being a founding member of SIX60 has been one of the most fulfilling things in my life. That is why it is so difficult to announce that I will be retiring from my role as SIX60’s drummer,” Paewai said on the band’s social media pages.
“I am so grateful for my time on stage, the support of the fans, and especially for my time with the boys.
“While my personal journey with music is coming to an end, I will always be a member of SIX60.
“I will be staying on as a member of the SIX60 Foundation to continue my passion of mentoring and coaching future generations.”
Kiwi singer-songwriter Mitch James said he “wouldn’t be here without you brother”.
“A true legend,” he said.
Rugby great Israel Dagg called Paewai a “legend that will be remembered for years to come”.
Paewai’s final two shows with the band will be in Melbourne on February 10 and at Electric Avenue in Christchurch on February 24.