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The Maine drummer Pat Kirch kicked off 2020 by marrying his longtime partner Shacara Nemetz. Kirch and Nemetz announced their engagement back in April and followed up the news in September by revealing they’re expecting their first child together.

Now, with five months passing since the reveal, Kirch is giving another update on their child’s pending birth and his plans for 2020.

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The Maine are set to kick off a string of tour dates in Europe and U.K. this on Wednesday. However, Kirch has shared with fans that he will be sitting out this tour in order to prepare for the arrival of his first child.

Kirch’s longtime friend and Katastro drummer Andrew Stravers will be filling in on the run. The band shared the news with the caption “Update from Pat,” which you can read in full below.

Hello friends!! I wanted to give everyone a life update before The Mirror tour kicks off.

A lot of you already know the exciitng news that I and my wife are expecting our first baby this month! I couldn’t be more excited to meet her and become a Dad, this means that I will be staying home during The Mirror Europe/UK so that I can be around for her birth and enjoy a little time with my family during this exciting time.

I am going to miss playing these songs for you and really going to miss being able to hang out with you guys after the shows, but I know we will be back and probably with some new tunes to play for you.

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I have never missed anything so it certainly will feel weird watching videos on Instagram but I know the shows are going to be amazing. My great friend, Andrew Stravers, who I have known since I was 12 years old and plays drums in a great band called Katastro will be filling in for me.

Please give him all the love in the world for me. He is an awesome dude and would love to meet all of you guys! I can’t wait to be back with you all on the next tour and the next 50 years of The Maine. All the love in the world!!! See you guys soon. – Patrick John Kirch

You can see a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and grab tickets here.

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Kirch and Nemetz announced their engagement back in April with Kirch writing, “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. She make[s] all of the good times and the bad times better. I’ve never been more certain of anything in my life and when you know you know. Everything just feels right. Life won’t always be perfect but I’ll always be there ❤️ you forever.”

As mentioned, in September, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together.

“I’ve never been more excited to meet someone,”Kirch wrote on Instagram along with the most adorable photos. “She joins the Kirch family in 2020 #DadandUncle // Can’t wait to see @shacara_nemetz be the best Mom around.”

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Nemetz also shared her own adorable post, writing, “As if getting to marry my best friend wasn’t enough… 2020 is about to get a whole lot sweeter!!!”

Now, the couple officially tied the knot in January, sharing some beautiful photos of the event.

Kirch shared two images with simple but wholesome captions including “❤️❤️ Together forever” and “The Bride. ❤️❤️

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❤️❤️ Together forever.

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The Bride. ❤️❤️

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