Every Time I Die will end her current tour without striker Keith Buckley, who is taking a break from the road to focus on his mental health, although the singer later revealed there were deeper issues playing within the band. Both the singer and the group took on what initially appears to be a short hiatus (the tour is currently fading out), as Buckley intends to return for upcoming holiday shows.
“Caring for my mental health has taken priority over everything else in my life,” Buckley said on Twitter. “The love you bring into everything I do has been evident to everyone who has seen me and I greatly appreciate the way I applied to allow a setback. I’m taking ETID off to prepare for TTS.”
The group as a whole released their statement via social media as well. “Mental health is a real problem and when it’s not treated it has an effect on a lot of people. Keith should take this time to rest and get ready for the holiday shows and we wish him a speedy recovery,” the band stated. “We also understand that a lot of you have been looking forward to these last few shows on our tour. We don’t want to let you down, so we’re going to play these last three shows without a singer. As Keith always says ‘That mic is your mic.'” So come help us finish this tour. Refunds will be given to anyone who no longer wishes to be present at the point of purchase.”
Shortly after the band released its statement about the singer’s absence, Buckley returned to social media to provide more insight, signaling the rupture within the group’s dynamics.
“Now that I’ve seen the ‘official statement’ that ETID is ending their tour without their singer, I think I’m willing to tell you all a little bit about why my mental health should become a priority over ETID. I trust I have receipts,” Buckley stated, adding, Meditating in a side room yesterday I heard my brother telling an outsider that ETID had been in talks to replace me all this time. I thought they were my biggest supporter. But. Jordan lied. His anxiety was a cruel hoax. Their statement is proof.”
“Traveling separately, away from alcohol and the behaviors of those who choose to drink, brought me back peace of mind and made me the best performer ever. I love the ETID community and I finally felt like I was coming back in a meaningful way. And I’ll continue to. Being an outcast from a band I created for 20 years because I made a decision Doing whatever it takes to be a good human being hurts badly, but trust me when I say I’m the most mentally fit I’ve ever been. I made this decision to protect myself from my brothers.”
In July of this year, Buckley revealed he’s now nine months sober, having gone through some significant changes in his life, including separating from his wife, starting a new relationship, and spending happier times with his daughter and parents.
The band will be without Buckley on deadlines, leaving special guests or even fans the opportunity to lead the way. The tour ends this weekend with shows tonight (December 3) at The Loud in Huntington, WV, Saturday (December 4) at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA, and Sunday (December 5) at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach, VA. .
The band’s annual TID the Season performances are scheduled for December 10-11 at Buffalo RiverWorks in Buffalo, New York, and Buckley is currently expected to be available for these shows. More dates are scheduled for early 2022 in both Europe and the United States. Stay up to date with the band’s tour here.
If you or someone you know has an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, help will be available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. To talk to someone on the phone, dial 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or text 1-800-487-4889.
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