Like Moths To Flames to replace Chelsea Grin on tour with Motionless In White
Chelsea Grin are dropping off the second leg of Motionless In White's Graveyard Shift North American tour with Every Time I Die and Ice Nine Kills. The band shared a statement explaining frontman Alex Koehler "has been in declining health, and has been unable to surmount the rigors of being on the road."
Like Moths To Flames will be replacing Chelsea Grin on the tour.
"We are entirely gutted to so suddenly inform you that we will need to drop off of the Motionless In White Graveyard Shift North American tour," Chelsea Grin wrote on Instagram. "When we consider the longevity of our band, this is the only choice."
The band explained Koehler "is currently under medical care, making good progress and improving daily."
"It is very important for you to know that we are taking our situation head-on," they continued. "We have a record that we are supremely confident and excited in (with the expert assistance of Drew Fulk and Joshua Travis), and are as committed as ever to furthering our music and the relationship we have with our supporters."
Read the statement in full below:
To our fans, We are entirely gutted to so suddenly inform you that we will need to drop off of the Motionless in White Graveyard Shift North American tour. In this situation, we feel the need to be entirely honest. It may or may not have been apparent, but for a while now Alex Koehler has been in declining health, and has been unable to surmount the rigors of being on the road. He is currently under medical care, making good progress, and improving daily. Initially, the rest of us were determined to make this tour happen and deliver to you the best Chelsea Grin experience we could, even without Alex. We arrived home from tracking our upcoming record with only two full days to work, and as soon as we shifted our focus from the record and geared up for the run, we knew we were unprepared. Beyond just a rushed rehearsal schedule, we’ve found ourselves very concerned with taking the stage in our current state. The duress of this album process and being so sick/conflicted for our brother has driven us each to a compromised and unsustainable mental and emotional position. When we consider the longevity of our band, this is the only choice. We’ve waited so long to play for North America again, but cannot in good conscience return to deliver a performance that is not representative of the band at our best. Again, we are so deeply apologetic that we will not be able to accompany our brothers in Motionless in White, Every Time I Die and Ice Nine Kills, and even moreso that we will not be performing for or engaging with our fans. We are so grateful to our crew for their unending support and understanding, and to Davier Perez for working so hard stepping in for Pablo while he would have filled in for Alex. It is very important for you to know that we are taking our situation head-on. We have a record that we are supremely confident and excited in (with the expert assistance of Drew Fulk and Joshua Travis), and are as committed as ever to furthering our music and the relationship we have with our supporters. Thank you all for your understanding, and we will be seeing you soon.
Motionless In White also announced Like Moths To Flames will be joining the tour starting Feb. 27 in Clive, Iowa. Check out the dates below.
02/21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
02/22 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
02/23 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater*
02/24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*
02/25 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater*
02/27 - Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
02/28 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
03/02 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
03/03 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
03/04 -Providence, RI @ The Strand
03/06 - Portland, ME @ State Theater
03/07 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
03/08 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
03/09 - Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
03/10 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live
03/11 - Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
03/13 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
03/14 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
03/15 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon
03/17 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
03/19 - Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
03/20 - Calgary, AB @ Palace Theatre
03/22 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
03/23 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
03/24 - Boise, ID @ Revolution
03/25 - Reno, NV @ Cargo
* No Like Moths To Flames
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