Coheed & Cambria Drummer Faints On Stage Due to Heart Condition, Upcoming Tour Dates Canceled
Those who follow Coheed & Cambria drummer Josh Eppard on Twitter are likely aware of his heart condition, which he’s been quite open about and has been presenting him with issues at the band’s shows of late. Those troubles came to a head at the band’s show on Friday night (October 25) at Orlando, FL’s House of Blues when Eppard collapsed onto his drum kit during the fifth song of the set. You can watch fan-filmed footage of the scary incident below.
Eppard ended up finishing the set after being treated by paramedics, but the band announced today that all of their remaining 2019 tour dates (albeit just three total) have been canceled and that Josh will soon undergo a procedure to correct a cardiac ablation.
On behalf of everyone at MetalSucks we wish Josh a speedy recovery and we look forward to what will surely be an uptick in Mets-related tweets.
The band’s official statement on the matter reads as follows:
“As some of you may have heard, our fantastic drummer, Josh Eppard had a fainting spell on stage early in our set Saturday night in Orlando. After a visit from the paramedics, he insisted on coming back out to finish the show- which was extremely courageous – but even with the amount of awe we felt, everyone was very concerned.
“Upon his return home, Josh’s doctors advised him to undergo a procedure called a ‘cardiac ablation’ in the coming weeks. This procedure will close an ‘extra pathway’ to Josh’s heart, which has been causing an irregular heartbeat for some time, and is believed to be responsible for the occurrence in Florida.
“Due to the necessity of this procedure, Coheed and Cambria will be canceling the rest of our 2019 dates to let Josh get back to full health, so that we can make sure there will be a World for Tomorrow. We apologize from the bottom of our hearts to fans in the Midwest and those in Australia, as well as the organizers of these shows. We feel strongly that an abundance of caution is the best move for Josh and for the band at this time. Let there be no confusion, we will be back bigger and stronger in 2020, and are already planning big announcements on the horizon.
“If you want to follow Josh on this journey, he will surely be documenting it on his socials @weerd_science
“Thank you for your neverending support.”