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Killswitch Engage comments on singer's absence

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 1:59 PM PT


Official press release:

Last week, it was announced that Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones had to unexpectedly leave the band's current headlining tour, leading to a flurry of rumors and questions about the status of the tour and the band. The band has further issued the following statement addressing the matter, saying: "It became overwhelmingly obvious to all of us around Howard that he is in no condition to be on tour right now and that he needed to get off the road and get himself better. It's a personal matter and while we understand everyone's curiosity and concern for Howard and the band, we appreciate everyone respecting Howard's privacy at this time."

Longtime friend Phil Labonte of All That Remains was able to fill in and help out the band for a few shows and it appears as though he will be filling in for the remainder of the tour, which runs through March. KsE endured and survived a similar situation in the past, where guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was forced to sit out a tour due to a back injury. KsE also said, "We seriously considered cancelling the tour since we don't want to give fans that paid good money anything less than KsE at full-strength. But after trying a few shows with Phil, and after feeling the love and support that we were getting from the crowd, it became increasingly apparent to us that the shows came across as fun and unique, and the fans seemed to be enjoying it. We quickly realized that we had to keep going and that we couldn't possibly stop." Refunds are available for any fans that have already purchased tickets, but as the band said, this tour will offer a chance to experience KsE in a unique way that you won't be able to witness again.

Furthermore, KsE would like to thank all fans who came out to support them during this difficult stretch, exclaiming "We really do feel that our fans are the best fans in the world." The band also thanked Labonte for pitching in, saying "We can't thank Phil enough for helping us out when we needed it the most."

For a taste of KsE with Labonte on vocals, check this footage from the Baltimore show this past weekend here. (Note: This footage can be viewed in full 720 HD resolution by simply locating the "360p" under the video in the tool bar, clicking on it and then moving your cursor up to select "720p.")


36 comments


2/17/2010 2:01:22 PM
WHERE IS? MYYYYY GLASS? OF GRAPE KOOOOOOOOOOOL AIIIIIIIIIID?!!

2/17/2010 2:01:27 PM
shit i didnt even read this, im just riding high cause i sat courtside for the blazers game last night

2/17/2010 2:03:10 PM
FIRST FIRST POST

2/17/2010 2:04:39 PM
It'd be cool if they got jesse leach back IMO.

2/17/2010 2:07:45 PM
personal matters = new blood has been shed record? either way, hope howard gets better.

2/17/2010 2:15:58 PM
BHBS please.

2/17/2010 2:29:11 PM
this just in: howard checks into rehab, more @11

2/17/2010 2:43:34 PM
i am also in no condition to be on tour with killswitch engage. bahahah

2/17/2010 2:50:16 PM
Blood has been shed!!!! Please.

2/17/2010 2:59:05 PM
Now who are the frat boys gonna sing along with?

2/17/2010 3:01:16 PM
Labonte is probably killing each performance. Dude cannot sing without protools.

2/17/2010 3:17:43 PM
Howard is sick of Adam Douchewitz making them look like idiots every day. BBTS is stoked!

2/17/2010 3:24:27 PM
julio_isnt_really_stoked 2/17/2010 2:29:11 PM this just in: howard checks into rehab, more @11 ...........he is edge

2/17/2010 3:51:12 PM
BRING DA AMBERLAMPS

2/17/2010 3:57:17 PM
i heard some kid say Philswitch Engage yesterday. dumbass.

2/17/2010 4:16:04 PM
MAYBE HE DIDNT WANT TO TOUR DUE TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

2/17/2010 4:19:02 PM
^^ thats funny. hes black.

2/17/2010 4:24:51 PM
Not to sure on this whole thing. Guess we'll see how it goes when it comes through Nashville.

2/17/2010 4:42:53 PM
rehab? for what? eating too many cupcakes?

2/17/2010 4:55:29 PM
blood has been shed! fck kse. please get this thing going. *crosses fingers*

2/17/2010 5:33:57 PM
What a crock of shit. Hope Howard goes back to BHBS and ditches these overgrown mama's boy gays

2/17/2010 6:39:43 PM
*yawn* Sooo......still no BHBS? Still no care.

2/17/2010 6:51:05 PM
Reading rainbow songs. Take a look its in a book the reading rainbow.

2/17/2010 8:05:16 PM
lavar burton songs

2/17/2010 9:05:01 PM
rehab for chocolate cupcakes

2/17/2010 9:22:57 PM
i heard from a friend up in mass, that he is in herion rehab.i know its rare for blacks, but its true.

2/18/2010 12:00:56 AM
Weren't they just selling out huge shows like last week? This looks like a small ass venue.

2/18/2010 5:15:05 AM
Only way I would give two shits about this band is if they got jessi back, and if they dropped the whole rockstar mentality

2/18/2010 7:56:21 AM
ill bet his wife found out all the girls hes been banging on tour, and beat the hell out of his car with a microphone, then he checked into fun rehab, nancy grace has been showing photos of it all night on headline news

2/18/2010 8:14:50 AM
i remember when labonte posted here and everyone kissed his ass

2/18/2010 9:16:30 AM
"(Note: This footage can be viewed in full 720 HD resolution by simply locating the "360p" under the video in the tool bar, clicking on it and then moving your cursor up to select "720p.")" thanks for telling us how to use youtube, dumbass.

2/18/2010 10:20:39 AM
Howard Jones: Metal's Own Tiger Woods

2/18/2010 12:35:39 PM
(Note: This footage can be viewed in full 720 HD resolution by simply locating the "360p" under the video in the tool bar, clicking on it and then moving your cursor up to select "720p.")

2/19/2010 10:28:29 AM
hoping for new BHBS

2/20/2010 1:27:21 AM
coke, heroin, or booze. what do you think it is?

2/10/2011 2:30:19 PM
I work at Artery Foundation. He got a stripper preggers. sages and they're dicks man.