Prog rockers Coheed and Cambria have announced their remaining tour dates in 2019 are canceled due to the heart condition of drummer Josh Eppard. During a performance at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL, on Saturday night, Eppard fainted. Eppard will undergo a heart surgery called cardiac ablation to close an ‘extra pathway’ that has been causing irregular heartbeats for the drummer. The band released an official statement about the incident and the tour adjustment, which 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 FL.
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,
Coheed and Cambria”
The cancellation dates include:
11/19/2019 – Detroit, MI, US – The Fillmore
11/20/2019 – Milwaukee, WI, US – The Rave / Eagles Club
11/21/2019 – Minneapolis, MN, US – First Avenue (*with Saint Asonia)
Coheed and Cambria wrapped up an early-round of their 26-city excursion this summer, supporting their latest album Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures released in 2018. Watch the band perform an acapella version of 2018 hit “The Gutter” here. Check out Coheed and Cambria’s show at House of Blues Orlando on October 19 below.
Photo Credit: Boston Lynn Shulz