ShinedownSanjay Parikh

Shinedown Drummer To Miss Immediate Dates Following Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis


Shinedown drummer Barry Kerch will be sitting out a portion of the band’s upcoming touring after recently contracting COVID-19. Kerch himself was fully vaccinated against the disease this past April and will continue to quarantine until his tests come back negative. Former SIXX:A.M drummer Dustin Steinke will fill in for him.

Kerch said of the matter:

“In the 20 years of Shinedown, I have never missed a show — until now. I regret to say that I, unfortunately, during rehearsals, contracted COVID. And before you get all crazy on me, I got fully vaxxed in April. I followed all the rules — wore masks, washed my hands, et cetera. Unfortunately, I’m one of those ones that got it even though I was vaxxed. So, unfortunately, I’m still testing positive. I’m quarantined. My health is good, which is good news. I’ve had symptoms, but I’m okay, and I will be okay. But until I finish my quarantine and test’s negative, I’m stuck in these four walls. I can’t risk it for my band and my crew; they’re all doing fine.

That being said, woe is me — move on. The shows are still gonna happen. Our good friend Dustin Steinke — I remember him from a wonderful band called SIXX:A.M. — he’s gonna be filling in for me. And he’s gonna kick ass, and the band’s gonna kick ass. And I’m happy that the shows can continue on. And as soon as I’m healthy and able, I’ll get back out there. So that’s the news, folks. Till next time.”

The band’s current itinerary runs as follows:

08/05 Davenport, IA – Mississippi Valley Fair at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
08/06 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre (feat. Theory & Pop Evil)
08/07 Louisville, KY – Waterfront Park (feat. Pop Evil)
08/09 Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
08/10 Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion (feat. Pop Evil)
08/11 Camdenton, MO – Ozarks Amphitheater (feat. Pop Evil)
08/13 Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip Campground
08/14 Sioux City, IA – Batter Park (feat. Pop Evil)
09/06 Canfield, OH – Canfield Fair (feat. Theory)
09/08 Washington, DC – Warner Theater (feat. Ayron Jones)
09/10 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
09/11 Philadelphia, PA – The Met (feat. Ayron Jones)
09/12 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
09/15 South Bend, IN – Four Winds Field (feat. The Struts & Ayron Jones)
09/17 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
09/18 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom (feat. Zero 9:36)
09/18 St. Louis, MO – Pointfest
09/21 Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater (feat. The Struts & Zero 9:36)
09/22 Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl (feat. The Struts & Zero 9:36)
09/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre (feat. The Struts & Zero 9:36)
09/25 Irving, TX – Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (feat. The Struts)
09/26 Rogers, AR – Walmart Amp (feat. The Struts & Zero 9:36)
09/28 Houston, TX – Smart Financial Center (feat. The Struts)
09/29 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theater (feat. Ayron Jones)
10/02 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
10/03 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
10/05 Chattanooga, TN – Soldiers & Sailors Auditorium (feat. Ayron Jones)
10/07 North Augusta, SC – SRP Park (feat. Zero 9:36)
10/08 St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/09 Orlando, FL – Tinker Field


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