Slaves took to social media to announce they have removed frontman Jonny Craig from the band. The news comes after Craig allegedly “chose his addiction over the band” and did not board an international flight for their upcoming tour.
Craig also released a statement which said he chose to step down from the band after he “relapsed and used.” You can view both parties statements below.
Slaves released a statement on behalf of the members:
“To Whom It May Concern:
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Jonny Craig has been removed from the band Slaves.
“We all have struggles in our daily life, but for some, those struggles are personally and physically dangerous. It is no secret that Jonny has battled with addiction in his personal life, sometimes those battles are won, and most recently lost. It’s also unfair for a band to rely on someone who just can’t rely on themselves. Addiction is a disease, and we hope Jonny gets the help that he needs. Unfortunately, Jonny chose his addiction over the band [and] left them high [and] dry while checking in for their international flight while he boarded a plane back home.
“As a band, we’ve worked too hard to stop now. Fans that have been touched by our music, everyone that has enjoyed our songs, to anyone that has met us as a band we will continue on with Slaves.
“Unfortunately, due to this, we are forced to cancel our Bristol, U.K. show tonight. Never fear, thankfully our good friend Matt McAndrew (who you’d recognize from The Voice) will be filling in on all remaining England [and] European dates to help us in this trying time. We also have some exciting news on the future of Slaves (we think you will be excited) coming soon.
“To everyone, thank you for your continued support.”
— SLAVES (@SLAVESOFFICIAL) January 24, 2019
In 2016, Craig addressed his addiction in an open letter to fans following Slaves’ initial breakup. Today, soon after the band’s statement, Craig released one of his own in which he opened up on the matter yet again.
“First before I saw anything, I just want everyone to know how much I love and appreciate all the support I have had through these years of an amazing career. I am not here to make a statement addressing the drama or starting any. These last few months have been super overwhelming and unfortunately I have let myself break and get back to a dark place.
“I wanted to wait for the band to release what they were going to say so that you guys had the info you needed to make sure you can still catch them on the ETF tour dates. Every single person in the band put in a lot of work to make that set and it should be seen.
“I don’t want to make this long, so I’ll get right to it. I relapsed and used and it is the reason I am stepping down from Slaves at this time. For the first time in my career and my life I will be doing what’s best for me and my sobriety and health and I stayed home to focus on a program and medications that will help me get back to feeling like I honestly belong out here touring and making beautiful music for each and everyone of you. That was the right choice and I’m sorry to the band for the tight position but they have been left in at such short notice.
“Again, I love all of you and this isn’t me quitting music. This is simply me just putting everything on pause like I should have done in the past and take a real honest and aggressive approach to my disease. Thank you all for the support and love and please respect this silence that will follow this message. Yours truly, Jonny Craig.”
The band, along with the World Over, are currently supporting Escape The Fate on their This War Is Ours 10-year anniversary shows. Slaves will not play tonight’s show at Thekla in Bristol, U.K., but they will continue for the remaining shows with fill-in vocalist, Matt McAndrew.
McAndrew is best known for competing on The Voice Season 7 where he placed as runner-up on Team Adam Levine in 2014.
The singer took to his own Twitter early Wednesday morning to declare, “Guess I’m going to Europe?” He then cancelled an upcoming show, revealing, “An opportunity has presented itself for me to fill in for a band who is on tour in Europe for the next month.”
This morning, McAndrew finally revealed, “48 hrs ago I was asked to sing for @SLAVESOFFICIAL on their European tour. Life is crazy! See you tomorrow, Manchester.”
— Matt McAndrew (@MattMcAndrew) January 24, 2019
The band are also scheduled for an Australian tour in March, but they haven’t commented on those plans at this time.
01/25 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla*
01/26 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City*
01/27 – Dublin, IE @ Voodoo Lounge*
01/28 – Belfast, IE @ Limelight 2*
01/29 – Glasgow, UK @ The Garage*
01/31 – Antwerpen, BE @ Zappa*
02/01 – Cologne, DE @ Kantine*
02/02 – Copenhagen, DE @ Pumpehuset*
02/03 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Grundskola*
02/05 – Helsinki, FJ @ Nosturi*
02/07 – Oslo, NO @ Parkterteret*
02/08 – Göteborg, SE @ Sticky Fingers*
02/09 – Hamburg, DE @ Grunspan*
02/10 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu*
02/11 – Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle*
02/12 – Prague, CZ @ Futurm*
02/14 – Wien, AT @ Szene Wien*
02/15 – Milan, IT @ Live Club*
02/16 – Zug, SE @ Galvanik*
02/18 – Paris, FR @ La trabendo*
02/19 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo*
02/20 – London, UK @ The Electric Ballroom*
02/21 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Mod Club
02/22 – Moscow, RU @ Gorod
03/21 – Adelaide, AU @ Jive
03/22 – Melbourne, AU @ The Colonial Hotel
03/23 – Sydney, AU @ Crowbar
03/27 – Canberra, AU @ The Basement Canberra
03/28 – Newcastle, AU @ Club Azzurri
03/29 – Fortitude Valley @ Crowbar Brisbane
03/30 – Auckland, NZ @ Galatos
03/31 – Wellington, NZ @ Valhalla
*with Escape The Fate