All That Remains on finding Oli Herbert’s replacement, future of the band
Oli Herbert passed away last October due to accidental drowning. A toxicology report revealed the guitarist had unprescribed medications in his body at the time of death. Herbert had been self-medicating manic-depression, according to his wife.
It was originally believed the drugs made Herbert delusional, and resulted in accidental drowning. However, recently, police have started growing suspicious of the guitarist’s death.
Since Herbert passed away, the band haven't announced a permanent replacement. In an interview in Dec. 2018, Labonte suggested that Richardson, who first joined the band for an European run, would continue to play with them.
Now, in a new interview with Decibel, the vocalist discussed whether Richardson will be replacing Herbert permanently.
Labonte explains Herbert and Richardson met and became friends during a tour with Born of Osiris. Soon after Herbert's passing, All That Remains' bass player, Aaron Patrick, saw Richardson's cover of "Chiron" and reached out to ask if he'd fill in for the band's upcoming tours.
Although Richardson did a great job, All That Remains still needs time to process. The singer says they're still not sure about finding a permanent replacement for the late guitar player. Discussing how the shows have been without Herbert, Labonte offers that's "still really new."
"It’s tough for me to answer that kind of question," he says. "In the 20 years’ time that All That Remains has been a band, there’s only been one tour where Oli wasn’t ever playing lead guitar. I don’t know how to process that yet, I’m not sure how I feel about it yet."
He continues, explaining they haven't found the perfect person to add to the band.
"We haven’t discussed whether Jason wants to join the band full time, we haven’t discussed whether or not we want to have Jason join the band," Labonte continues. "We’re not even at that point yet."
However, the band will keep going.
"I can’t shed any more light on that situation," he says. "We know we’re gonna keep going, but I don’t know what that means."
All That Remains in 2019
All That Remains recently released their ninth studio album, Victim of the New Disease last November. The album marks the last piece of work Herbert made with the band. You can pick up your copy of it here.
You can check out a full list of dates for their forthcoming US tour below and get your tickets here.
02/28 — Reading, PA @ Reverb
03/01 — Halethorpe, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
03/02 — Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
03/03 — Hartford, CT @ The Webster
03/05 — Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
03/06 — Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
03/08 — Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel
03/09 — Ringle, WI @ Q and Z Expo Center
03/10 — Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theatre
03/12 — Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
03/13 — Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
03/14 — Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
03/15 — St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
03/16 — Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel*
03/17 — Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
03/18 — Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
03/20 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
03/21 — Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom
03/22 — Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
03/23 — Boise, ID @ Revolution Music Hall
03/24 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
03/26 — Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
03/27 — Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
03/28 — Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
03/29 — Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
03/30 — Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey
04/01 — Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
04/02 — Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
04/03 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
04/05 — Lafayette, LA @ The District
04/06 — Destin, FL @ Club L.A.
04/07 — Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live**
*- ATR only
** – no Attila
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