Asking Alexandria founder and guitarist/vocalist Ben Bruce has confirmed that he will be absent from the band’s forthcoming handful of European tour dates, which includes a handful of stops in the UK and an appearance at the Reading/Leeds Festival weekend on August bank holiday. Bruce will be spending time off the road for a little while as he will be expecting the arrival of his daughter.
You can read the full statement from Bruce posted via the band’s official Facebook page regarding this decision below:
So as you may be aware I won’t be joining the lads on this short European run. This is the first time I’ve not joined the guys and it’s really saddening and a very strange feeling but I know they are going to be just fine and they are going to kill it for you guys. The reason I can’t be on this run is due to the fact that I am expecting the arrival of my baby girl any time now and as you all know, myself, the lads and this band has always lived by “family first”. This is an incredibly exciting time in my life and I cannot wait to introduce you all to my little angel. I hope you guys understand why I can’t be at the shows. I do, however, have the privilege of letting you guys know this early… in September we will be announcing an incredible UK/European tour for the beginning of the year, so don’t worry I am coming for you! Thank you all for your endless amount of love and support. I’ll be at these few shows in spirit, give the guys all the love in the world and sing my parts at the top of your lungs. I’ll see you all next year.
Love you guys,
Filling in for Bruce‘s spot during these dates will be Sam Graves, vocalist/guitarist for With One Last Breath, who also helped provide production for the band’s latest full-length effort, ‘The Black’, which was released earlier this year.
All of the band’s forthcoming UK dates are listed in full below:
AUGUST 15 – SOUTHAMPTON, Engine Rooms
AUGUST 16 – LONDON, Koko
AUGUST 26 – READING, Little John’s Farm
AUGUST 27 – LEEDS, Bramham Park