As I Lay Dying performed their first show in almost five years at the Soma Sidestage in San Diego, California.
Watch the fan-filmed video below.
The “classic” lineup of Nick Hipa, Josh Gilbert, Jordan Mancino, Phil Sgrosso and frontman Tim Lambesis took the stage together as As I Lay Dying for the first time since 2013.
As Blabbermouth reports, the $10 tickets to the June 16 show sold out within four minutes, and per the report, the band decided to play the venue’s smaller sidestage rather than the venue’s 2,000-capacity mainstage.
The band recently released a statement on their official accounts last Monday (June 11), where they promised to give an in-depth explanation of the reasoning behind their return later in the week.
On June 16, the band posted a video detailing their return. During the video, each member of the band took a moment throughout the video to not only discuss life after Lambesis’ prison sentence but what their stance was during that time. They also discussed on their decision to return to their “classic” lineup.
Watch a full stream of the show below:
The band ended their lengthy career back in May 2014, when the band’s frontman Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for a charge of solicitation of murder after he tried to hire a hitman in a murder-for-hire plot against his then-wife.
Per a report from Metal Injection, Lambesis only served two and a half years of his prison sentence before getting out early 2017. Since then, he has released an apology and has tried to make a comeback with the band.
After being relatively quiet since Lambesis’ release, on June 1, the band’s official Facebook page changed their profile picture to what we can only assume is a possible album cover and they uploaded a 45-second teaser of the video above.
As I Lay Dying hasn’t released a new album since their sixth studio album, 2012’s Awakened.
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