Killswitch Engage‘s cancellations of UK shows at the last minute recently were because guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz had to be rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on his back.
The band issued the following statement regarding the events:
“Following months of recuperation after previous back surgery for a herniated disc, Adam had been touring in the USA with little to no incident, but after a week of shows in the UK, the guitarist found himself suffering increasing back pain, spending the time before and after shows lying flat with a bag of ice on his lower back, in an effort to continue touring.
To make matters worse, vocalist Howard Jones was suffering from a chest infection. After a series of tests in hospital, Adam was informed his back injury was so severe, he could definitely not continue the European tour, nor fly home – and would in fact need urgent surgery. Killswitch Engage had no choice but to postpone their shows in London, Bristol, and Paris while a Plan B was devised. Naturally, the band were worried about Adam and extremely disappointed he would not be able to finish the tour”.
Plan B is to bring in former Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers, whilst Dutkiewicz recovers from his surgery. London’s gig will now be on January 29th with the Bristol show’s rescheduled date is to be confirmed.