News•October 11, 2010 1:11 PM ET•5,574 views
The Sword cancels shows
The Sword has apparently cancelled and/or postponed their remaining tour dates for 2010, including shows on the East Coast and a month in Europe. On Friday, the group issued the following: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will have to postpone our up-coming European Tour until a later date. Please forgive any inconvenience this may have caused and we hope to be coming back to Europe as soon as possible." Obviously, that statement contained no mention of their current U.S. tour. However, at least one U.S. venue has now confirmed the cancelletion of The Sword's scheduled appearance there, with a similar explanation offered. At this time, none of the other venues hosting their October U.S. shows have announced cancellations, so check with specific venues if you were planning to attend a show. Update: The Sword has now confirmed the cancellation of their upcoming shows, as drummer Trivett Wingo has quit the band. Trivett explains: "It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from The Sword. After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of The Sword. If I could go any further, I would as I love the music and JD, Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can't do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which The Sword." The Sword comments: "We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band's success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn't be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It's been a hell of a ride, and we're sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and will be back on the road as soon as humanly possible."