It was announced today that Killswitch Engage’s singer Howard Jones will be sitting out of the band’s upcoming tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquillity. Here is a statement from the band:
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Howard Jones is leaving the band’s current headlining tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquility due to unforeseen circumstances. All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte will be filling in for Jones for a few shows in the interim, until the KsE guys can determine what the plan will be for the remaining tour dates, which are currently scheduled to run through the end of March.
Phil Labonte further commented on his Twitter page saying:
Yep, I’m singing for [KILLSWITCH ENGAGE] until [Howard Jones] gets better. Not sure how long it’ll be, but I’m here ’till they don’t need me anymore.
As cool as it would be to see Labonte singing with KsE, Jones’ departure from the tour is still concerning and unfortunate. We hope for the best and will keep you updated when more is revealed about the rest of the tour.
Check out some videos of Labonte performing his first date with Killswitch Engage last night in Lake Buena Vista, Florida: