The Sword, the imaginative Texas-based metal band that was slated to hit Royale on Oct. 17, has cancelled the rest of their North American tour after the sudden departure of drummer Trivett Wingo. The Warp Riders quartet is working to reschedule their dozen cancelled dates, as well as a string of shows in Europe.
Undeterred, we’re still going to post Jonathan Donaldson’s interview with lead Sword J.D. Cronise to thephoenix.com sometime later this week, so be on the lookout for that and we’ll report on any new dates as soon as they’re confirmed. The Sword's publicist said there will be new dates "as soon as possible."
In an effort to play nice, the Sword released a statement earlier today: "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.”
And naturally, Wingo chimed in as well: "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.”
Stay tuned, and sorry to ruin your Columbus Day.