Boston’s own State Radio announced today that drummer Mike “Maddog” Najarian will leave the band effective immediately. Najarian played with the Boston rockers for seven years, and participated in all four of State Radio’s studio releases. The band has one show scheduled in Miami, FL on November 1.

Guitarist Chadwick Stokes took to Facebook to explain the situation:

After a great run playing with Mike “Maddog” Najarian over the last seven years, sadly we are parting ways. If he’s as talented of a financial planner as he is a drummer than I’m sure he’ll have a great career. We’ve had a blast: many adventures and pranks, logged in countless late-night miles as the years sped by, slept in many motel beds together and got to see some amazing places in this world. I really appreciate how he was always up for talking to people no matter what the hour or situation and how he rallied for service with the crows. above all, he drummed his ass off every night and it was an honor to share the stage with him and feel that mac truck energy coming from the kit. Like Bonham and then Grohl, Mike’s drumming is ferocious but still retains soul and feel. It was great having him in State Radio for these years. We’ll keep you in the loop as SR moves forward. Check out Mike’s new website ( and stay in touch with him on Twitter (@StateRadioDrums).

Best of luck to Maddog and his future adventures,