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The Ghost Inside Drummer Andrew Tkaczyk Says He’s “Terrified” To Get Back Onstage After Losing Leg In 2015 Bus Crash


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While nearly all of the members of The Ghost Inside have faced some serious challenges with their recoveries from the injuries they sustained in their November 2015 bus crash, it is perhaps drummer Andrew Tkaczyk who has stared down the biggest uphill battle. While not the only one to face amputation as a result of surgery—guitarist Zach Johnson lost several toesTkaczyk lost much of his right leg as a result of the crash.

With the band having announced their first live show since the crash for this summer, Tkaczyk‘s road back to the drum kit has been heartwarming to see and even resulted in the creation of a new prosthesis to aid his playing.

Speaking via his Instagram in the below post, Tkaczyk stated earlier today (February 28th):

“It’s been 1,197 days since November 19th 2015. The day that changed our lives forever. A LOT has happened between then and now. There hasn’t been a single one of those days where I haven’t sat down, stared at the ceiling, and dreamt about the first time @theghostinside plays a show again. I’ve had countless dreams about it. Some bad. Some good. But now it’s reality.

Was there a point in time where I thought it was impossible? Several. Was I uncertain about the future of the band? Certainly.

I didn’t want to let one major event define me as a human. When I woke up in the hospital without my right leg, I chose not to throw myself a pity party. I chose to learn how to own it. My “this won’t beat me” attitude, is what got me to this point.

There’s no denying it. Life hit us pretty hard. But it’s not about how hard you get hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. Yeah, yeah I know. Rocky quote. But I’ve never believed that more in my life than I do now, and on July 13th 2019, we get to demonstrate that sentiment to the world.

Do I have anxiety about playing a show again? You bet your fucking ass I do. I’m terrified. It’s been impossible to not focus on who I was, who I am now, and what I will become. At the same time, I’m sure as soon as we start playing, all that anxiety will drain out of my body and mind, and I’ll feel right at home. Either way, we feel like we don’t only owe it to ourselves to do this show, but we owe it to all of our family, friends, and fans for the overwhelming amount of love and support you’ve given us these last 3+ years.

None of us know how this is going to go. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of you have messaged me over the last few years asking “When will you tour again?” To which I didn’t even reply. That’s because I don’t know. We don’t know. But we’re about to find out.

It would mean the world if you could come out and share this once in a lifetime experience with us. Tickets go on sale this Friday @ 10 am PST.”

The band have been booked to perform at The Shrine in Los Angeles, CA on July 13th in what will be their only live date of 2019. Given that ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ founder Kevin Lyman had bestowed the band with a standing offer to play at the ‘Vans Warped Tour‘, some had hoped that the group would also be playing one of the upcoming ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ 25th anniversary events this year. Apparently, despite Lyman‘s best efforts to make that a reality, the band declined.

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It’s been 1,197 days since November 19th 2015. The day that changed our lives forever. A LOT has happened between then and now. There hasn’t been a single one of those days where I haven’t sat down, stared at the ceiling, and dreamt about the first time @theghostinside plays a show again. I’ve had countless dreams about it. Some bad. Some good. But now it’s reality. Was there a point in time where I thought it was impossible? Several. Was I uncertain about the future of the band? Certainly. I didn’t want to let one major event define me as a human. When I woke up in the hospital without my right leg, I chose not to throw myself a pity party. I chose to learn how to own it. My “this won’t beat me” attitude, is what got me to this point. There’s no denying it. Life hit us pretty hard. But it’s not about how hard you get hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. Yeah, yeah I know. Rocky quote. But I’ve never believed that more in my life than I do now, and on July 13th 2019, we get to demonstrate that sentiment to the world. Do I have anxiety about playing a show again? You bet your fucking ass I do. I’m terrified. It’s been impossible to not focus on who I was, who I am now, and what I will become. At the same time, I’m sure as soon as we start playing, all that anxiety will drain out of my body and mind, and I’ll feel right at home. Either way, we feel like we don’t only owe it to ourselves to do this show, but we owe it to all of our family, friends, and fans for the overwhelming amount of love and support you’ve given us these last 3+ years. None of us know how this is going to go. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of you have messaged me over the last few years asking “When will you tour again?” To which I didn’t even reply. That’s because I don’t know. We don’t know. But we’re about to find out. It would mean the world if you could come out and share this once in a lifetime experience with us. Tickets go on sale this Friday @ 10 am PST.

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