In an unfortunate piece of news for European In This Moment fans, the 12-show trek of concerts the band had scheduled in May had to be cancelled due to an injury sustained by the band's lead guitarist, Chris Howorth. The European leg of the tour included multiple stops in Germany and the U.K., Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Howorth issued a statement regarding the injury to his neck and the cancelled tour which read: "The people closest to me already know, but sadly, now it’s time for the world to know. I have injured my neck and am unable to move my head more than an inch or two in any direction and I now have the burden of making some pretty weighty decisions for myself. In order to continue performing live, I am aggressively seeking treatment and must remain at home in Los Angeles. I am devastated that our European shows are affected by this but in order to keep moving forward with the band, it’s imperative to work on getting better. I cannot express how appreciative I am that we have such amazing fans and loving support from all over the world. I feel as if I’m letting you down & it breaks my heart. I truly hope to see you all again in the near future."
And although many bands who will find temporary replacements for band members in similar situations, doing so was not an option for In This Moment as front-woman, Maria Brink, explained: "It is so heartbreaking to me that we have to cancel this tour. The last time we were in Europe, I felt such fire and magic at the shows - I have been absolutely dying to get back. It’s a raw, rare energy that left a serious impact on us. It’s probably easy for everyone to think ‘why don’t you just go without Chris,’ but the truth is, he is my partner, brother and one of my closest friends. Throughout the years, Chris has stood strong by my side through everything - he’s never left me behind. I can’t bring myself to do this tour without him, it simply would not be In This Moment."
Brink then added: "Our fans would not be getting a true In This Moment show without him. We take this very seriously and are so deeply sorry to have to do this. We have unconditional love [for] our Europe fans. Chris is on top of taking care of himself and I firmly believe he can be back to playing soon. Blood Legion Forever."
The band currently has a slew of shows scheduled for here in the U.S. that would have followed the European tour and run through the beginning of September, thus far there is no word on if these dates will be affected.
In This Moment has still be touring tirelessly in support of their most recent album, Black Widow, which was released in November of 2014. The band's fifth studio album, it sold about 36,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week alone and debuted at #8 on The Billboard 200 chart. In November of 2015 the band announced that they had plans to enter the studio to begin work on the follow-up to Black Widow late in 2016 with an anticipated 2017 release date - at this time there is no indication that Howorth's injury will affect these plans either.
Stay tuned to AXS.com for information on In This Moment and Howorth's recovery as it becomes available.
The cancelled European tour dates are as follows:
May 14 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage
May 15 - Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
May 15 - Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theater
May 18 - Munich, Germany @ Theatrefabrik
May 19 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Extra Limmothaus
May 20 - Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
May 22 - Groningen, Netherlands @ De Oosterport
May 23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
May 25 - London, UK @ Forum
May 26 - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
May 27 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Academy
May 28 - Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy