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Vio-lence Vocalist Hospitalized With COVID-19

  • Axl Rosenberg

After multiple European acts — including  Emperor, Mayhem, and Satyricon — were forced to cancel appearances at this past weekend’s Psycho Las Vegas due to the pandemic, multiple U.S. heavy hitters, including Mastodon and Mutoid Man, were booked to take their place.

But lest there be any doubt regarding the seriousness of the recent COVID-19 resurgence, one of those replacement acts, Vio-lence, were unable to perform because their frontman, Sean Killian, “entered the hospital to be treated for Covid.”

Fortunately, Killian is now on the mend. The singer says in a statement:

“I entered the hospital Thursday to be treated for Covid. I contracted the virus from a friend who was unaware he was carrying it. I am feeling much better but my lung capacity at this time is diminished. My oxygen absorption is good and all my other symptoms have gone away. I will have a recovery period that will take some time. I’m sorry we have had to make adjustments to our schedule but at this time I cannot perform to the level our fans and the band expect and deserve. This will only be temporary and Vio-lence will be back onstage better than ever.

Sean Killian”

Killian was the recipient of a successful liver transplant in 2018 after developing stage four liver cirrhosis, which The PRP tells us “was partially caused by a genetic condition called hemochromatosis, which finds an overload of iron stored in the body.”

It’s unclear whether or not the vocalist was vaccinated against COVID-19. According to a recent analysis of data from the CDC, The New York Times reports, “Fully vaccinated people have made up as few as 0.1 percent of and as many as 5 percent of those hospitalized with the virus in those states, and as few as 0.2 percent and as many as 6 percent of those who have died.”

Vio-lence are just one of many bands that have recently had to cancel shos or tours due to the virus. Affected artists thus far include Nine Inch NailsDeftonesKorn, the Foo FightersBuckcherryLimp Bizkit, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH, Iron Maiden’s Bruce DickinsonIntronautPop EvilFlotsam and JetsamAlesana, possibly Red Fang. Renowned singer Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) passed away from the disease over the weekend.

Vio-lence’s next show is scheduled to take place at Reggies in Chicago, IL on November 6. The band’s current line-up includes features classic era guitarist Phil Demmel, who left Machine Head in 2018 after 19 years in the band, and Fear Factory bassist/COVID-19 conspiracy theorist Christian Olde Wolbers.

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