Killswitch Engage singer leaves band
Killswitch Engage has decided to continue their current tour after lead singer Howard Jones abruptly left the band to deal with personal issues. The hard rockers from Western Massachusetts have temporally replaced Jones with All That Remains singer and longtime friend Phil Labonte.
“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,” the band declared in a statement. “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.”
“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.”
Killswitch Engage’s current tour runs through March with one New England stop remaining: March 21 at the The Dome at Oakdale in Wallingford, Connecticut.Refunds are available for any fans that have already purchased tickets and do not wish to see the band perform without Jones.