Rock Group Incubus Drops Founding Member

By | April 4, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Incubus is parting ways with its bass player, Dirk Lance, with the rockers citing “creative differences” as the reason.

Ben Kenney, former guitarist for the funk hip-hop group The Roots, was chosen to replace him, Incubus announced Friday.

“We, as a band, would love to express our gratitude towards Dirk for an amazing 12 years of artistry and dedication,” said singer Brandon Boyd. “He was and will remain a valuable asset to the history of this band.”

Lance, one of the group’s founding members, declined to comment, said Incubus spokeswoman Melissa Dragich.

“I think there were just creative differences, irreconcilable differences,” she said.

The decision to part ways was reached after the group finished its latest tour in support of the multi-platinum CD “Morning View.”

Named after a mythological demon that has sex with sleeping women, Incubus developed national popularity after becoming a cult favorite in its hometown of Calabasas, Calif.

The group’s other albums include 1997’s “Enjoy Incubus,” 1998’s “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” and 1999’s “Make Yourself.”