SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS TO ERIK RUTAN
By now you may have heard that Hate Eternal have been forced to drop off their slot on the MetalSucks co-sponsored trek with Job for a Cowboy, All Shall Perish, Animosity, and Anatomy of an Autopsy, because guitarist/vocalist/producer/all around main dude Erik Rutan is in the hospital.
A statement released by the band explains:
“Hate Eternal have been forced to drop off the ongoing Job for a Cowboy North American tour due an infection in Erik Rutan’s hand and complications in his kidney. Erik was admitted to an Iowa City hospital on the early morning of November 23rd and has remained under doctor’s supervision since. The infection has caused concern for the doctors, but the major concern of the doctor’s is Erik’s kidney. Erik has had a couple of procedures done on his kidney. Erik will not be able to continue the tour, but he is expected to make a full recovery. He is expected to be released sometime next week and then will seek further treatment at home in Florida.
“Hate Eternal would like thank to everyone on the tour for their understanding of the situation. Hate Eternal would also like to thank all the fans who have expressed concern for Erik ‘s health.”
Earlier this year, Vince and I watch Rutan and company quite literally step out of their cramped van and run out onto stage after God knows how many hours of driving so that they could play what little time was left of their set at show here in Manhattan – and immediately thereafter, they went to Brooklyn to shoot a video all night, with their reward being that they immediately had to hop back in the van to drive to their next gig. I’m saying Rutan is one committed motherfucker who loves his fans, and I’m sure as much pain as he’s in, he probably feels like shit about missing this tour. And if you’ve read MetalSucks in the past, you know we idolize Rutan; so we just wanna wish him a speedy recovery. We hope he gets better real soon so he can go back to doing what he does best: blowing people’s brains out with insane fucking brutal fucking death metal.
For people who already hold tickets for the JFAC, this is sucky news. Luckily, there’s still four other awesome bands on the bill.