The Dillinger Escape Plan Forced to Cancel European Tour
Update, 11:34 a.m.: According to Metal Insider, Weinman is having surgery on his hand this Thursday “in the hopes that he’ll be healed up in time for the band to play the Summer Slaughter shows.” Original story follows below.
This isn’t surprising, but it’s still a bummer: due to guitarist Ben Weinman’s broken hand (pictured above), The Dillinger Escape Plan have been forced to cancel the European tour dates they had previously scheduled for June 20 through July 6, prior to their headlining stint on this year’s Summer Slaughter, which kicks off on July 19 in San Francisco. The band performed as a quartet at Metallica’s Orion Fest this past weekend, but given that Weinman is a cornerstone of the band it’s not surprising that they’d opt not to do a full tour without him (even if they found a temporary fill-in — it’s really just not Dillinger without Weinman).
What still isn’t clear is whether or not Weinman will be recovered in time for the aforementioned Summer Slaughter trek. Depending on the type and severity of the break, his hand could heal in a matter of weeks… or it could take months.
Hopefully Weinman is recovered in time for Summer Slaughter, but even if he’s not… as I said yesterday: I would imagine it’s far too late to replace them with a new headliner, but I would also imagine that the remaining bands on the bill could soldier on, if sometimes in slightly smaller venues than the ones announced to date.
We’ll give you another update as soon as we get one, natch.