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Melvins Dedicate Tour to Drummer Dale Crover as He Receives Emergency Spinal Surgery


There’s less than 24 hours standing between the world and Melvins‘ Twins Of Evil U.S. tour with Boris and Mr. Phylzzz, but an emergency health situation is forcing the band to go on without drummer Dale Crover. According to the band, they’ll have ex-Melvins drummer Coady Willis filling in on the tour.

For those that don’t know their Melvins history, Willis was a member of the band for 10 years from 2006 to 2016 alongside Crover as a drumming duo. Since leaving the band, Willis has played for Big Business and High On Fire.

It’s also a bit of luck that Willis will temporarily be back with the band during this tour in particular, since both Melvins and Boris were slated to play classic albums in their entirety. So maybe they focus a little more on his original tenure with the band for a bit, who knows?

Due to the sudden nature of Crover’s medical needs, Melvins members Buzz Osbourne and Steven Shane McDonald released the following statement:

“Melvins dedicate Twins Of Evil tour to Dale Crover as he prepares for spinal surgery.

“We are sad to announce that literally days before leaving on tour, our drummer Dale Crover learned he needed immediate emergency spinal surgery which will take him out of commission for months. He’s doing as well as can be expected considering the severity of the situation.

“The one stroke of luck in all this was that Coady Willis part of the Melvins’ family for 8+ years, who literally trained in sitting by Dale’s side on too many tours to count is able to step in and take over on drums.

“With Mr. Phylzzz already on the road heading to L.A. from Chicago and Boris flying in from Japan, we all felt we needed to support dale and the other bands on the bill, as well as the ticket holders, by continuing with the tour as scheduled. We ask everyone’s solidarity during this dark time. Obviously, our primary concern right now is Dale’s health, and we’re doing everything possible on our end to make sure he gets what he needs to make a full recovery.”

We at MetalSucks would like to echo Melvins’ sentiment in wishing Crover a quick and speedy recovery. Spinal injuries are no joke, so we’re hoping things go well.

As such, the show must go on and you can catch Melvins, Boris, and Mr. Phylzzz at any of the following tour dates and get your tickets here:

8/24 Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theater
8/25 Pomona, CA The Glass House
8/26 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
8/27 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
8/28 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
8/29 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theatre
8/31 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
9/1 Seattle, WA The Showbox
9/2 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Spokane
9/3 Bozeman, MT The ELM
9/5 Fargo, ND The Hall at Fargo Brewing Company
9/6 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
9/7 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
9/8 Chicago, IL Metro
9/9 St. Louis, MO Red Flag
9/11 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
9/12 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
9/13 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
9/14 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
9/15 Pittsburgh, PA Roxian
9/16 Maspeth, NY Desertfest NYC
9/18 Albany, NY Empire Live
9/19 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
9/20 Bethlehem, PA MusicFest Café
9/21 Philadelphia, PA Brooklyn Bowl
9/22 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre
9/23 Virginia Beach, VA Elevation 27
9/24 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
9/26 Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl
9/27 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
9/28 Savannah, GA District Live
9/29 Birmingham, AL Saturn
9/30 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s
10/2 Houston, TX Warehouse Live – Studio
10/3 Austin, TX Mohawk
10/4 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
10/5 Oklahoma City, OK Beer City Music Hall
10/6 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
10/7 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
10/9 Denver, CO Summit
10/11 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
10/13 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
10/14 San Diego, CA House of Blues

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