Last week, We Came As Romans announced that they would be still be going forth with their plans to tour with Bullet For My Valentine this fall without vocalist Kyle Pavone, who passed away last month.
Tonight, Sept. 18, has marked the group’s first performance without Pavone. You can watch some fan captured footage of their set at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri below.
Before the band played their song, “Lost In The Moment,” vocalist Dave Stephens shared a heartfelt speech from the stage, where he told the crowd that the band’s performance tonight was the best way to honor Pavone’s legacy:
“A few weeks ago, we lost our best friend our bandmate, our brother, our singer/keyboardist Kyle Pavone. And this is our first show that we’ve done without him. Thank you guys for being so accepting tonight.
“This is something I wasn’t sure we’d ever get to do again. I think it’s what he would have wanted. I think it’s the best way to honor his legacy.”
Stephens went on to share some things about Pavone. “One of the things that I admired most about him was his ability to not regret his past, not worry about his future and live in the present and enjoy that moment, because he believed things could change so quickly and those great things could be taken from you in a heartbeat.”
You can watch some of the fan-captured footage of the band’s set below:
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Pavone passed away Aug. 25 at the age of 28 from what was later revealed to be an accidental overdose. That day, the band released a statement in which they shared that in lieu of flowers, information regarding charity donations would be released within the coming days, which was later revealed as the foundation.
According to the foundation’s website, it was created “out of love for Kyle by his caring family as a means for friends, colleagues and fans to remember Kyle.”
The website also included a mission statement, which reads as follows:
“The Kyle Pavone Foundation is a promise to serve and advocate for the musician community in their time of greatest need, providing hope and a means to carry on.”
For those who would like to donate to the Kyle Pavone Foundation, you can do so by donating a specified amount on the site, texting “Support KYLE” to 20222, or you can send checks or money orders to the following:
The Kyle Pavone Foundation/BCCF
32 West Michigan Ave. Suite 1
Battle Creek Michigan 49017
We Came As Romans’ tour supporting Bullet For My Valentine is happening right now. A full list of dates can be found below, and you can purchase your tickets here.