With the band headlining a number of summer music festivals, including Made In America in Philadelphia, this comes as a total shock!

Nine Inch Nails bassist, Eric Avery, has decided to call it quits. He announced his departure via his Facebook page this afternoon:

"its with very mixed emotions i tell you all that im pulling out of NIN. i know. its been a tough call and i don't know if its the right one. but i really want to focus on my musical life here in la, on film work in particular. as the tour dates kept growing… i just got overwhelmed. i just got home from a year of heavy travel with garbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that nails demands… fortunately my friend Trent understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14. go get em gentlemen."

Avery was chosen as NIN's touring bassist when singer Trent Reznor declared the band's reunion earlier this year. Avery also famously quit his original band, Jane's Addiction, multiple times.

[Consequence of Sound]