Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. drops the driver from its name

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Detroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is dropping Dale Earnhardt from its name, and will henceforth be known as "JR JR."

The group explains the name change in a post on its website, which coincidentally can still found at daleearnhar dtjrjr.com.

"We wish to address you one final time as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr.," the post begins. The band goes on to explain the name change has nothing to do with NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Jr., who gave the band his blessing to use the name. Rather it's the confusion it has caused in the years since: Fans showing up to concerts expecting to see the driver, or requests from dying children to meet their hero, who is not the singer of "Simple Girl" and "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't on the Dancefloor)."

"So recently, after a lot of thought and discussion, we made the decision to shorten our band name to the much more brief moniker of… JR JR," the post reads. "We hope this doesn't bum you guys out too much. In our mind, changing our name to JR JR allows us to take back our voice in a way. To us It is all about empowerment, and being who we feel we need to be moving forward."

The band explains the change will be gradual — there will still be a few Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. T-shirts for sale at concerts, until the current stock sells out — and they have no problem with fans referring to them by their (now) old moniker.

"The past is passed, and we are so excited about the future," the band writes.

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