The Acacia Strain and Drummer Kevin Boutot Part Ways


After 18 years with the band, drummer Kevin Boutot is no longer in The Acacia Strain. His last show with the band was the finale of their most recent tour on July 15 in Kitchener, Ontario.

Boutot posted news about his departure in a recent social media post.

“I didn’t go into this last tour with the intention of it being my last one, but it indeed was. I played what will possibly be my last show with The Acacia Strain last night in Kitchener, Ontario. I couldn’t have asked for a better send off, that show was WILD! I don’t think I can put how grateful I am for the life I lived touring the world the last 20 years into words. It’s just not possible.

“All I can say is thank you. THANK YOU. To my band mates, current and past, I love you all. The fans, I’ll never forget all of you. To anyone that booked us and worked behind the scenes to make it all happen, thank you. I will say that this is not the end of me, I’ll still be playing as much as I can, doing various projects and just MAYBE an occasional show with TAS here and there. Until then, I’ll be home focusing on what’s most important in life. My family. Once again, thank you everyone. I’ll cherish the memories I made touring as long as I live.”

From how that note reads, it sounds like everything was amicable between Boutot and the rest of the guys in The Acacia Strain. Lending even more credence to that idea is the fact that bassist Griffin Landa commented on the drummer’s post, praising his time with the band.

“My brother, I love you! It has truly been an honor trying to match up my playing to your extremely precise drumming every day.”

Even though they don’t have a drummer at the moment — unless they’ve already chosen someone and they haven’t shared that info yet — the band has a whole mess of tour dates lined up. Moving forward, you’ll have a pretty good chance to catch The Acacia Strain live at any of the dates below.

The Acacia Strain tour dates

w/ Lamb of God
Thu Aug 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont [Tickets]
Mon Aug 14 – St. Louis, MO – The Factory [Tickets]
Fri Aug 18 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater [Tickets]
Mon Aug 21 – Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion [Tickets]
Fri Aug 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort [Tickets]
Sun Aug 27 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium [Tickets]
Wed Aug 30 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pepsi Ampitheater [Tickets]

w/ Escuela Grind

August 11 – Mechanicsburg, PA – Lofedraft’s [Tickets]
August 13 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome [Tickets]
August 15 – Springfield, MO – The Riff [Tickets]
August 16 – Memphis, TN – Growlers [Tickets]
August 17 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Live [Tickets]
August 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box [Tickets]

w/ Mugshot & No Cure

8/23 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep [Tickets]

w/ Momentum, Mugshot & No Cure

8/26 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55 [Tickets]
8/28 Bakersfield, CA – 1933 [Tickets]
8/29 Yuma, AZ – at Red Moon Ale House [Tickets]

w/ Judiciary, Mugshot & No Cure

9/1 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse [Tickets]
9/2 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe [Tickets]

w/ Lorna Shore & I AM

9/3 Wichita, KS – TempleLive [Tickets]
9/5 Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall [Tickets]
9/6 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal [Tickets]
9/7 Greenville, SC – The Foundry at Judson Mill [Tickets]

w/ Foreign Hands, Mugshot & No Cure

9/9 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street [Tickets]
9/10 Atlantic City, NJ – Anchor Rock Club [Tickets]

w/ Dying Wish & Volatile Ways

9/21 Brisbane, AUS – The Zoo [Tickets]
9/22 Newcastle, AUS – Hamilton Station Hotel [Tickets]
9/23 Sydney, AUS – Crowbar [Tickets]
9/24 Penrith, AUS – Tattersalls Hotel [Tickets]
9/26 Canberra, AUS – UC Hub [Tickets]
9/27 Melbourne, AUS – Stay Gold [Tickets]
9/28 Geelong, AUS – Barwon Club Hotel [Tickets]
9/29 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar [Tickets]
9/30 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar (no Volatile Ways) [Tickets]

w/ Dying Fetus, Despised Icon, Creeping Death & Tactosa

10/17 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts [Tickets]
10/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre [Tickets]
10/19 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl [Tickets]
10/20 Richmond, VA – Canal Club [Tickets]
10/21 Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819 [Tickets]
10/22 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade [Tickets]
10/24 Orlando, FL – The Beacham [Tickets]
10/26 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live [Tickets]
10/28 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live [Tickets]
10/30 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater [Tickets]
10/31 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee [Tickets]
11/1 San Diego, CA – House of Blues [Tickets]
11/2 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco [Tickets]
11/3 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst [Tickets]
11/4 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades [Tickets]
11/5 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory [Tickets]
11/7 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot [Tickets]
11/9 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall [Tickets]
11/10 Lawrence, KS – The Granada [Tickets]
11/11 Minneapolis, MN – The Lyric at Skyway [Tickets]
11/12 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall [Tickets]
11/13 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall [Tickets]
11/14 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues [Tickets]
11/15 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall [Tickets]
11/17 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw [Tickets]
11/18 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live [Tickets]

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