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Dance Gavin Dance To Proceed With ‘Swanfest’ & Upcoming Headlining Tour In The Wake Of Tim Feerick’s Passing


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Dance Gavin Dance have commented on the this past week’s death of their bassist Tim Feerick and their decision to go ahead with their previously booked ‘Swanfest‘ festival later this week, as well as their imminent headlining tour. To that end the band have enlisted Eidola‘s Sergio Medina to fill-in on bass.

A statement issued by Dance Gavin Dance on the matter today, April 18th, reads as follows:

“This past week has been the most challenging time in Dance Gavin Dance‘s history. On Thursday, April 14th, we found out that we had lost Tim. While he was the bassist in the band, he was also our brother and best friend. Losing him is devastating. We were preparing to meet up this past weekend in Sacramento for a photoshoot and then rehearse this week ahead of Swanfest and the subsequent tour, when we heard the devastating news that he was no longer with us.

After the initial shock and sadness, it wasn’t long after that we were faced with some challenging decisions about the immediate future and our upcoming plans. After many internal discussions with our team and, most importantly, Tim‘s family, we have decided to perform this year’s Swanfest and do the subsequent tour in honor and dedication to Tim. We will also move ahead with the announcement of our forthcoming album, later this week.

The main factor of this decision came from knowing who Tim was as a person and what he would have wanted. We are confident that he would be very disappointed if we were to postpone or cancel these dates. We received further affirmation of this from Tim‘s parents, with their encouragement to perform these dates. In addition, music is our way of healing, and we, as the remaining members, desire to be together during this time and perform on stage to our fans the songs that he helped create. While no one can ever replace Tim or what he has brought to the band, we have asked Sergio Medina, a close friend to all of us and someone who has worked with Tim, to perform the bass duties for the upcoming shows.

We are planning a memorial to Tim at Swanfest, and the entire festival will be in dedication to him, as will all the following shows on the tour. We look forward to celebrating his life with the fans. While this is an immense tragedy for everyone that loved and respected Tim, he would want everyone to come out, be together and enjoy the music. RIP Tim.

Will, Matt, Jon, Tilian & Andrew
Dance Gavin Dance

Having already been faced with postponements prior, this year’s ‘Swanfest‘ is presently set to take place this coming Saturday, April 23rd at the Heart Health Park in Sacramento, CA. The following artists have been booked to play it:

Dance Gavin Dance
Animals As Leaders
Knocked Loose
Movements
Anthony Green
A Skylit Drive
Born Of Osiris
Covet
Eidola
The Fall Of Troy
Fire From The Gods
Hail The Sun
Kublai Khan TX
Moon Tooth
Royal Coda
SeeYouSpaceCowboy
Veil Of Maya
Volumes

Following that festival, Dance Gavin Dance will head out with Memphis May Fire, Volumes and Moon Tooth on the below run:

04/26 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
04/27 Boise, ID – Revolution
04/29 Wichita, KS – Cotillion
04/30 Omaha, NE – The Admiral
05/01 Des Moines, IA – Val Air
05/03 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
05/04 Cleveland, OH – Agora
05/06 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05/07 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave / Eagles Club
05/09 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
05/10 Albany, NY – Empire Live
05/11 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
05/13 Richmond, VA – The National
05/14 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
05/15 Columbia, SC – The Senate
05/17 Ponte Vedra, FL – Concert Hall
05/19 Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Auditorium
05/20 Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces

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