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Melvins Drummer Dale Crover To Undergo Emergency Spinal Surgery, Live Fill-In Announced


Experimental sludge metal legends Melvins have shared the sad news that their drummer Dale Crover requires emergency spinal surgery. Crover is expected to be sidelined with the recovery process from the surgery for months to come. As such, they have once again enlisted the services of drummer Cody Willis to fill-in amid their immediate touring concerns. Willis previously served as a member of the band from 2006 to 2015.

The following statement was issued on the matter earlier today:

Melvins dedicate Twins Of Evil tour to Dale Crover as he prepares for spinal surgery

We are sad to announce that literally days before leaving on tour, our drummer Dale Crover learned he needed immediate emergency spinal surgery which will take him out of commission for months. He’s doing as well as can be expected considering the severity of the situation.

The one stroke of luck in all this was that Coady Willis – part of the Melvins‘ family for 8+ years, who literally trained in sitting by Dale‘s side on too many tours to count – is able to step in and take over on drums.

With Mr. Phylzzz already on the road heading to L.A. from chicago and Boris flying in from japan, we all felt we needed to support Dale and the other bands on the bill, as well as the ticket holders, by continuing with the tour as scheduled.

We ask everyone’s solidarity during this dark time. Obviously, our primary concern right now is Dale‘s health, and were doing everything possible on our end to make sure he gets what he needs to make a full recovery.”

The tour in question is set to commence tomorrow, August 24th at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA. It will find Melvins and Boris co-headlining with album-specific sets. Melvins will be performing their 1991 outing “Bullhead” in full on the trek, while Boris will be playing 2022’s “Heavy Rocks“.

08/24 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
08/25 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
08/26 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
08/27 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
08/28 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
08/29 Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
08/31 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
09/01 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
09/02 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Spokane
09/03 Bozeman, MT – The ELM
09/05 Fargo, ND – The Hall at Fargo Brewing Company
09/06 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
09/07 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
09/08 Chicago, IL – Metro
09/09 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
09/11 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
09/12 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
09/13 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
09/14 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
09/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian
09/16 Maspeth, NY – Desertfest NYC
09/18 Albany, NY – Empire Live
09/19 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
09/20 Bethlehem, PA – MusicFest Café
09/21 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
09/22 Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre
09/23 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
09/24 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
09/26 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
09/27 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
09/28 Savannah, GA – District Live
09/29 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
09/30 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
10/02 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live – Studio
10/03 Austin, TX – Mohawk
10/04 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/05 Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall
10/06 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10/07 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
10/09 Denver, CO – Summit
10/11 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/13 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/14 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

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