American Head Charge Bassist Chad Hanks Passes Away

American Head Charge bassist Chad Hanks has passed away following a battle with terminal illness. A special benefit and public memorial will be held at the First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN on November 26. You can also send PayPal donations through chadhanksbenefit@gmail.com
(send as friends and family to avoid fees). R.I.P.

School Of Rock Eden Prairie commented:

“Chad Hanks, a dear man, wonderful person and former teacher passed away this morning after a health battle he’s been fighting. He touched the lives of more people than anyone could imagine. He was a kind and patient teacher, an incredible musician and he cared deeply about everyone in the School of Rock family. Though I am tremendously sad that the world has lost such a great person I am also happy that he is no longer suffering. RIP Chad Hanks.”

UPDATE: Current and former members of American Head Charge have now posted tributes as well:

[via The PRP]

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American Head Charge Recruit Former Guitarist & (hed)p.e. Drummer For Upcoming European/UK Tour

American Head Charge have recruited former guitarist Benji Helberg and (hed)p.e. drummer Jeremiah “Trauma” Stratton for their upcoming European/UK tour. The band said the following:

“We would like to welcome back our old friend and former guitarist, Benji Helberg, joining us for the upcoming UK/EU tour in September. To complete the tour line up we welcome another good friend, Jeremiah “Trauma” Stratton on drums. It’s gonna be killer touring with these guys. Can’t wait to see y’all in September!”

American Head Charge Announce 2017 European/UK Tour With Once Human & In Death

American Head Charge have announced a European/UK tour with Once Human and In Death. You can see the dates for that below.

Tour Dates:

09/06 Ostrava, CZE – Barrack Club
09/07 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
09/08 Lyss, SWI – Kulturfabrik
09/09 Munich, GER – Backstage
09/10 Mannheim, GER – MS Connextion
09/11 Tilburg, NET – Little DEvil
09/12 Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
09/13 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
09/14 Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
09/15 Glasgow, UK – Audio
09/16 Scunthorpe, UK – The Lincoln Imp
09/17 London, UK – The Dome
09/18 Milton Keynes, UK – Craufurd Arms
09/19 Bournemouth, UK – Anvil
09/20 Oberhausen, GER – Resonnanzwerk
09/21 Roselare, BEL – De Verlichte Geest
09/22 Hilversum, NET – De Vorstin
09/23 Hamburg, GER – Logo

American Head Charge Part Ways With Ted Hallows & Chris Emery

American Head Charge have apparently parted ways with two members. Ted Hallows and Chris Emery have both announced their departures in seperate statements.

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Hallows said the following:

“It is with a heavy heart today that I’ve made the decision to part ways with American Head Charge.

I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to Karma, Cameron, Chad, Justin, Chris and the rest of the Head Charge family, friends, and fans whom have made these last three years so unforgettable.”

Emery said the following:

“Well I was going to wait but here goes. I have made the decision to quit playing for AHC. I’m not going to explain or field a thousand questions. Just know I love you all and held out as long as I could.”

UPDATE: Cameron Heacock, Chad Hanks, and Karma Cheema have all since commented as well. Check out their statements below:

Heacock:

“For The Fucking record. Ted ‘Hallows’ quit literally hours before we could fire him. So, thanx, ted…. Legally, you quitting, is a hell of a lot simpler than the alternative. Christopher, I love that you say amicably split when you haven’t spoke to a single remaining member of the band…. Before you quite, and, unless I’m mistaken, since…. Mind you, those of you (being everyone/anyone) privy to this conversation, BOTH TeD AND ChriS QUIT VIA FUCKING FACEBOOK.

Ted, I could care less, but Chris? Over 15+yrs playing all over the world. And you couldn’t give me the courtesy of a heads-up? Ladies and gentlemen you can expect a detailed press/public statement regarding these lineup changes as well as other announcements to be released post-haste. Fear not (or maybe be afraid) there are some remarkably stunning things on HEAD CHARGES horizon, stay tuned”

Hanks:

“You know what? If the current status of my band drives you to speculate, prophesize, or be a bleeding, driveling axe wound, THEN GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. I’ll tell you what’s up when I’m good and goddamn and ready. Jesus fuck…
– Chad Hanks, bassist/co-founder”

Cheema:

“I think it goes without saying that in many ways a band is very much a family.
Personally I would rather not have these types of band issues discussed or hashed out in public. The same way that I wouldn’t want people sitting in on my actual family discussions

Yes , it is unprofessional, and even though many of you care about the band in a way that sparks these types of emotions, it’s not something you should be involved in this intimately.

I would normally sit this out and let people say what they want or need to say and try not to let it bother me, however, I can’t sit back and let Cam and Chad take the onslaught of insults and accusations from people that in reality have no idea what they’re talking about.

To be fair I only read a handful of comments from people upset about Cameron‘s response to Ted and Chris‘ choice to make this a public spectacle.

If you knew Cameron like we do, you would know him to be a man of very few words. When he does speak up, he cuts to the heart of the matter. That type of leadership has made him valuable to us on many occasions.

The point is, the choice to make this public by both Ted and Chris was unprofessional. It was selfish, disrespectful, and totally unnecessary. Cam‘s reaction to that was completely warranted, and wether you agree with what he said or the way he said it, he was at least real.”