Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext had to sit out from their show in Birmingham last night (4th) due to recovering from a severe viral bronchial infection. The group refused to cancel as they recruited As Lions’ vocalist Austin Dickinson and Stars from Bang Bang Romeo for a last minute temporary replacement. The band will continue their European/UK run with Three Days Grace as Vext will return to the stage at tonight’s Bristol, UK performance.
The group have premiered a music video for their song “No Masters,” which is to celebrate their first-ever European/UK trek.
Vext shared the following statement:
“Life is unpredictable. If anyone knows this, it’s me. More often than not, the universe throws a wrench in the best laid plans.
This is our first trip to play shows in Europe as a band. Nothing could prepare us for the excitement and gratitude we felt for the opportunity to come over and play for the UK and EU fans who have waited so long to see us. So imagine my disappointment when a few days ago I began feeling ill to the point I knew something was wrong enough that I had to seek medical treatment – and to accept the doctors’ advice that I not play the show in Birmingham.
But as the old adage goes, “the show must go on” and luckily I have a lot of people in my life who love and support me and my band. On a moment’s notice, Stars from the Doncaster band Bang Bang Romeo and Austin Dickinson from London based As Lions agreed to learn the set list in under 24 hours, travel to Birmingham and play the show for no money, just because they believe in us and because they know we would do the same for them. I certainly understand this sentiment. I had to fill in as the vocalist for Five Finger Death Punchon several occasions.
It is not easy to sit the Birmingham show out. But this is bigger than just me. It’s about the fans and about our commitment to Three Days Grace. As I lie here, wishing I were feeling better, those thoughts of pity are overshadowed completely by my sense of wonder at the kindness and generosity of the human spirit and the power of music to bring people together. Thank you for all the support – I’ll be back asap, in bigger, better fighting shape. I would personally like to thank the NHS and all the doctors and nurses who assisted me for their amazing service.”
Check out the Randy Edwards directed clip of “No Masters” below: