Keith Buckley Of Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley On His Mental Health Amid Current Band Drama: “I Did Not Have A Relapse, Didn’t Have A Breakdown”


Yesterday (December 03rd) saw tensions in the Every Time I Die camp spill over to the public after the band’s frontman Keith Buckley spoke out on the matter on social media. Keith at first announced that he was exiting the band’s ongoing tour with ‘68 several days early to focus on his mental health. He said of that in a statement:

“Caring for my own mental health has taken priority over EVERYTHING else in my life. the Love it has brought to everything I do has been clear to everyone that has seen me and I value my progress way too much to allow a setback. I am taking a hiatus from ETID to prepare for TTS”

The band themselves would issue a since-deleted statement of their own on the matter, indicating that they would be continuing the tour with Keith. It read as follows:

“Mental Health is a real issue and when not treated has an impact on so many people. Keith needs to take this time to rest and prepare for the holiday shows and we wish him a quick recovery. We also understand that so many of you have been looking forward to these last few shows on our tour. We don’t want to let you down so we’ll be playing these last three shows without a vocalist.

Like Keith always says ’this mic is your mic’. So come and help us finish up this tour. Anyone that no longer wants to attend will be given refunds at point of purchase.”

However, in light of ’68 dropping off the bill due to testing positive for COVID-19, the remaining dates of this weekend have been scrapped. After reading his bandmates above statement, Keith would go on to call out the band and his brother, guitarist Jordan Buckley, in particular, stating via Twitter:

“now that I have seen the “official statement” indicating that ETID is finishing the tour without their singer, I think I’m ready to tell you all a little bit about exactly WHY my mental health has had to become a priority over ETID. and trust I have receipts while meditating in a side room yesterday I overheard my own brother tell an outsider that ETID had been in talks to replace me this entire time. I thought they were my biggest supporters. but Jordan had lied. his concern was a cruel trick. their statement is proof.

traveling separately, away from alcohol and the behaviors of those who choose to drink, has brought me peace of mind and has made me the best performer I have ever been. I love the ETID community and finally felt like I was giving back in a meaningful way. and I will continue

to being ostracized from a band I have built for 20 years because I made a decision to do whatever it took to be a good Human Being hurts me deeply, but trust me when I say I am the most mentally fit I have ever been. this decision was made to protect myself from my own sibling”

Addressing the matter further in his Instagram story, Buckley once again indicated that he still intends to play the band’s upcoming ‘‘Tid The Season‘ holiday shows at the Buffalo Riverworks in their native Buffalo, NY on December 10th & 11th. The lineup for those nights include:

Friday, December 10th:

Every Time I Die
Circa Survive
Poison The Well
Mariachi El Bronx
Kublai Khan

Saturday, December 11th:

Every Time I Die
Knocked Loose
The Bronx
The Dirty Nil

Here’s what Buckley had to say on the matter via Instagram:

“Hey guys, I’m very OK, despite how things were framed online by the band’s statement; I did not have a relapse, didn’t have a breakdown. If I’m recovering from anything, it’s fucking heartbreak, but that’s a process that I’m used to getting through, so… I want to do ‘‘Tid The Season‘—obviously there’s gonna have to be some changes made—I wish no one any harm. I just want to lovingly disconnect, psychically, emotionally, mentally for a little bit and re-establish the boundaries that were broken repeatedly over the past 20 years. So you’ll see me soon, I’ll see ya soon, it’ll be great, we’re great.”

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