In late January, both Slaves and former frontman Jonny Craig took to social media to share they had parted ways. At the time, Craig allegedly “chose his addiction over the band” and did not board an international flight for their tour supporting Escape The Fate.
At the time, Slaves recruited fill-in vocalist and The Voice finalist Matt McAndrew to finish out the tour, and the band is now announcing their first new set of shows without Craig.
McAndrew has been out on the road with Slaves for the past month. You can view a clip of him singing during their set on the ETF tour below, shared by bassist Colin Vieira.
Also can’t say enough about @MattMcAndrew for leaving at a drop of a dime to fly over to Europe and learning these songs on the plane ride over. All of that is crazy enough. Not to mention filling Jonnys shoes and absolutely killing it! Love you man. Thank you so much. pic.twitter.com/etxtlOXYPC
— colin vieira△▽ (@colin_vieira) February 5, 2019
While wrapping up the final dates on their current tour, the band announced they’ll be supporting Blessthefall on their upcoming headliner this summer. Capsize and Glass Houses are also on as support as well as a blurred name to be announced later.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. local time. Blessthefall VIP packages are available here.
Stoked to announce we’ll be heading out on tour this May & June with @blessthefall.
Come sing along with us 🥀 pic.twitter.com/G0vgTJ8nja
— SLAVES (@SLAVESOFFICIAL) February 20, 2019
Originally, the band only announced McAndrew as a fill-in so it’s unclear if he will continue on during their upcoming Australian headlining dates in March or the tour supporting Blessthefall.
While the vocalist retweeted the band’s post announcing the tour, only time will tell if this is the case.
More on Slaves and Jonny Craig parting ways
On January 24, Slaves took to social media to announce they removed Craig from the band. The news came 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:
— SLAVES (@SLAVESOFFICIAL) January 24, 2019
In 2016, Craig addressed his addiction in an open letter to fans following Slaves’ initial breakup. Soon after the band’s statement in January, Craig released one of his own in which he opened up on the matter yet again.
As mentioned, Slaves missed the first night at Thekla in Bristol, U.K., but they continued on for the remaining shows with 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 ahead of the announcement 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.”
The morning of the band’s and Craig’s statements, 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
02/20 – London, UK @ The Electric Ballroom*
02/21 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Mod Club
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
05/10 – Tucson, AZ @ Club XS^
05/11 – El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill^
05/12 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live^
05/13 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street OKC^
05/15 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex^
05/16 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In^
05/17 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend^
05/18 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club^
05/19 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square^
05/21 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground^
05/22 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium^
05/23 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution^
05/24 – Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room^
05/25 – Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern^
05/26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache^
05/28 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter^
05/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Citadel Music Hall^
05/30 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge^
05/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre^
06/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall^
06/02 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s^
06/04 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep^
06/05 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater^
06/07 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver^
06/08 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction^
06/09 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA^
*with Escape The Fate