Phinehas, Currents, & Frost Koffin Added To As I Lay Dying’s Spring North American Tour

Phinehas, Currents, and Frost Koffin have been confirmed as the openers for As I Lay Dying‘s spring North American tour. With this news, an April 5 show at the Apollo Theater AC in Belvidere, IL has also been added. The band were originally scheduled to perform at Growlers in Memphis, TN on that date, but the concert was cancelled due to backlash stemming from Tim Lambesis’ criminal past. The frontman infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016.

Tour Dates:

03/15 St. Louis, MO – Pops
03/16 Peoria, IL. – Monarch
03/17 Joliet, IL – The Forge
03/18 Louisville, KY – Diamond Concert Hall
03/19 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/20 Rochester, NY – The Montage Music Hall
03/21 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/22 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
03/23 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
03/24 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
03/25 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore SoundStage
03/26 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
03/27 Columbia, SC – The Senate
03/29 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
03/30 Jacksonville, FL – 1904
03/31 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
04/02 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater
04/03 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
04/04 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
04/05 Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater AC
04/06 Springfield, MO – The Complex

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As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis And His Current Wife Open Up About Their Relationship

With today being Valentine’s Day, As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis and his current wife Amanda Dubord have decided to open up about their relationship. You can see posts from both of them below. The couple got married while Lambesis was incarcerated for trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife Meggan in 2013. He was released from prison in December 2016.

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I’ve posted a couple photos with @amandadubord before, but it’s hard to properly introduce her without sharing a little bit of our story. She was my source of strength through the hardest 6 years of my life. She loved me at the top before I fell, and she somehow loves me even more now. Different people came and went during those 6 years, but Amanda, our family, and a few close friends were the only ones there the whole time. She hated seeing what I became, but she was still able to see that the man she loved wasn’t lost forever. I reached out my drowning hand, and she helped pull me ashore. Amanda drove hours to see me in chains behind thick glass for only 30 minutes. There were weeks when I was on 24 hour lockdown and my eventual 15 minute phone call with her is what got me through depression and isolation. When I finally got transferred to a medium custody facility I was able to finally see her in person again. We had been talking about it for years and finally ended up getting married about 6 months later. Even though it was just the two of us with our parents standing in front of some filing cabinets in the visiting room, it was the most real and beautiful moment of my life so far. Now we’re nearly inseparable, making up for years lost and pushing each other to reach our goals and be better people. There was so much pain to overcome, but there is also so much strength that came from it. That is why I call Amanda a warrior.

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READ ME ** Let’s get real people. Its easy to love someone when life is smooth sailing and there’s nothing but sunshine and smiles together. But to love someone when things go south and life gets hard, that’s something. When flaws are exposed and mistakes are made, that’s when love is truly tested. I feel all we see today are relationship posts that rave about the good days, but wheres the real in that? I think it’s about time Tim and I start sharing a little of our story with you all. Its also so important to be reminded that good relationships take work and what you see on social media is only a portion of what really goes on. Our marriage hasn’t always been dancing in the rain and forehead kisses. It’s been sacrifice and compromise, understanding and growth through communication. Love can be so painful, but love can also be the greatest feeling in the world. Here are 2 pictures both from my wedding day. The first is a photo from our wedding celebration that took place a year after our actual wedding. It’s was truly a fairly tale. The second photo holds my heart. Tim and I were married May 2nd of 2015 at CDCR prison. We said “I do” in front of our parents, a file cabinet and a few inmates. There was no Dj or cake, no honey moon or bridal party. 3 photos in total and I got a 3 second kiss that was watched by a guard. That day was the best day of my life so far and so damn rock and roll. To my husband, we made it, despite all odds against us. To our family, thank you for all of your love and support. Our friends that stuck by us, there are no words to describe the love we have for you. To our new followers and friends, we welcome you

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Zao’s Scott Mellinger: “Do I Think Tim Lambesis Deserves To Be In A Band? Fuck No.”

Zao guitarist/vocalist Scott Mellinger is the latest artist to comment on As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis‘ controversial return to music. The singer infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. When asked about the situation, Mellinger said he doesn’t think Lambesis deserves to be in a band.

Mellinger said the following on the BREWtally Speaking Podcast:

“With what little I know, I never thought those dudes would ever get back with that guy. I really never thought so. But I understand having music in your blood. The hard work that that group of guys took on themselves to do As I Lay Dying and turn it into what it became—I mean that band was one of THE biggest metal bands at one time.

So the allure of that, it’s hard to argue… it sucks man cause like you can’t win. It’s a lose/lose proposition really in my opinion. Do I think those guys deserve to be a band? I think Nick, Phil and Jordan deserve anything and everything that they get, because they’re the best dudes ever.

Do I think Tim Lambesis deserves to be in a band? fuck no. That dude wouldn’t be in a band if he went through with what he tried to go through. If he ended up not talking to a cop and talking to a real dude, like his wife might not be here, and it’s hard for me to even rationalize or any of that kind of stuff.

And I get it, it’s real easy now to look back on it and say I’m sorry and I’m repentant. Like if it would’ve worked out she would’ve been taken care of. That’s it, done. What are you gonna repent for then, ya know?

It’s just such a hard thing to think about cause like I said, I love those three guys so much, they’re some of the best dudes ever and I want to see them succeed in everything they do. It’s just a really big time bummer that they had to get involved with that guy, and Tim to turn into the guy he turned into and now be in the situation they’re in.”

It’s worth noting that Zao and As I Lay Dying were both part of the Christian metal scene and that Lambesis even co-produced Zao‘s 2009 album “Awake?.”

In other news, Mellinger also offered an update on Zao‘s new album:

“Well all the guitars have been recorded for it. Drums are done. I mean essentially all we really have to do now is bass and get Dan in there and have him do his vocals. We were hoping to get it out by the end of the year, but that may or may not still happen. If it does come out, it’ll be later in the year, but we might even end up, depending on what we see… cause there’s so many records supposedly coming out like this year, probably be a ton next year. But we’re trying not to get bogged down in all of the sea of releases, but hopefully once we get it all done and all that kinda stuff it’ll be sooner than later.”

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As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Addresses Memphis, TN Show Cancellation

As previously reported, As I Lay Dying’s April 5 show at Growlers in Memphis, TN was cancelled due to backlash stemming from Tim Lambesis’ criminal past. The frontman infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. The singer has now addressed the cancellation, while also discussing the changes he has made since getting released.

Lambesis said the following:

“While I’m disappointed by the cancellation of our show in Memphis, I understand and accept the resentment some people have towards who I used to be. I stand against that person I became during the darkest period of my past, and it is part of my life’s work to prevent others from going down destructive paths. It’s now been almost six (6) years since I made the biggest mistake of my life, and I consider each day an opportunity to do something positive to turn my life around and to use my experience to help others.

As I move forward with this purpose I know there will be obstacles. However, I wish we could have come up with a more meaningful solution for the fans in Memphis rather than just cancel. Perhaps I could visit a recovery center in Memphis, a free event to our fans + those being served at the center, where I can open up for Q&A and all questions are welcome.

I look forward to continuing this conversation around recovery, how to prevent others from ending up in a bad place, and how to facilitate healing in the lives of people who have been hurt by others. I welcome the opportunity to address the topic of domestic violence and how I am not on the opposing side of this critical issue.

Since serving my time I’ve been involved in the following:
• Completed all of the courses necessary to become an addiction treatment counselor in the state of California with hopes of helping others who are struggling with addiction and mental health.
• Worked for a year as a case manager at an addiction treatment facility.
• Spent two years tutoring inmates who never finished high school. Education is the greatest tool we currently have for breaking the criminal cycle of repeat offenders.
• I currently visit prisons quarterly to help inmates without job skills train for their release so that they can become productive neighbors and not a burden on society. Most end up back in prison due to lack of hope or a support system.

Through AILD, our recent tours have allowed us the opportunity to donate proceeds of sales to organizations that help others—notably Heart Support and families affected by the California fires…

Thanks to our fans connecting with this message, we were able to become one of Heart Support’s main contributors (https://heartsupport.com/). We strongly believe in their objective to offer emotional support and counseling to young adults caught in cycles of depression, abuse, and addiction, and will continually support charities that further the process of healing for others.

By listing all of the above, it’s not my intention to gain praise or recognition. I simply want to make sure it’s clear how seriously I take all of these issues.

Throughout my four year incarceration and release, I’ve sought meaningful personal change and surrounded myself with family, friends, and counsel. I’m grateful to have earned the support of my bandmates, my wife, family, and fans who’ve also given me this chance. I will continue to move forward in my personal mission to help others and make a positive impact in the world around me, knowing there will be challenges, and believing that the next half of my life will be more meaningful than the first.

I look forward to continuing a discussion around recovery, mental health, domestic violence and prisoner reform for many years to come.”

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While I’m disappointed by the cancellation of our show in Memphis, I understand and accept the resentment some people have towards who I used to be. I stand against that person I became during the darkest period of my past, and it is part of my life's work to prevent others from going down destructive paths. It's now been almost six (6) years since I made the biggest mistake of my life, and I consider each day an opportunity to do something positive to turn my life around and to use my experience to help others. As I move forward with this purpose I know there will be obstacles. However, I wish we could have come up with a more meaningful solution for the fans in Memphis rather than just cancel. Perhaps I could visit a recovery center in Memphis, a free event to our fans + those being served at the center, where I can open up for Q&A and all questions are welcome. I look forward to continuing this conversation around recovery, how to prevent others from ending up in a bad place, and how to facilitate healing in the lives of people who have been hurt by others. I welcome the opportunity to address the topic of domestic violence and how I am not on the opposing side of this critical issue. Since serving my time I’ve been involved in the following: • Completed all of the courses necessary to become an addiction treatment counselor in the state of California with hopes of helping others who are struggling with addiction and mental health. • Worked for a year as a case manager at an addiction treatment facility. • Spent two years tutoring inmates who never finished high school. Education is the greatest tool we currently have for breaking the criminal cycle of repeat offenders. • I currently visit prisons quarterly to help inmates without job skills train for their release so that they can become productive neighbors and not a burden on society. Most end up back in prison due to lack of hope or a support system. Through AILD, our recent tours have allowed us the opportunity to donate proceeds of sales to organizations that help others—notably Heart Support and families affected by the California fires… (CONTINUED IN NEXT POST)

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PART 2 CONTINUED… Thanks to our fans connecting with this message, we were able to become one of Heart Support’s main contributors (https://heartsupport.com/). We strongly believe in their objective to offer emotional support and counseling to young adults caught in cycles of depression, abuse, and addiction, and will continually support charities that further the process of healing for others. By listing all of the above, it's not my intention to gain praise or recognition. I simply want to make sure it's clear how seriously I take all of these issues. Throughout my four year incarceration and release, I’ve sought meaningful personal change and surrounded myself with family, friends, and counsel. I’m grateful to have earned the support of my bandmates, my wife, family, and fans who’ve also given me this chance. I will continue to move forward in my personal mission to help others and make a positive impact in the world around me, knowing there will be challenges, and believing that the next half of my life will be more meaningful than the first. I look forward to continuing a discussion around recovery, mental health, domestic violence and prisoner reform for many years to come.

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As I Lay Dying’s Memphis, TN Show Cancelled Following Public Outcry

As I Lay Dying’s April 5 show at Growlers in Memphis, TN has been cancelled due to backlash stemming from Tim Lambesis’ criminal past. The frontman infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. The venue will now be hosting a local benefit concert for victims of domestic violence on that night instead. On top of this, they have also decided to cancel Pentagram’s March 24 show, due to Bobby Liebling going to prison in 2017 for assaulting his elderly mother.

Growlers commented:

“Memphis, TN – After hearing the combined voice of disheartened friends, local bands, and patrons, locally owned concert venue and bar, Growlers, has cancelled their scheduled show with As I Lay Dying, previously set for April 5th, and will replace it with a local show to benefit victims of domestic violence. Growlers has also canceled a show with the band Pentagram, previously set for March 24th.

In 2014, Tim Lambesis, singer of metal band As I Lay Dying, was sentenced to up to six years in prison after being convicted of hiring someone to kill his wife. While the plot never unfolded, Lambesis spent the next two years of his life incarcerated. Just a couple of years later, and he’s back on stage, but with a remorseful attitude.

From Lambesis, “I stand against who I became in my past… People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life’s work is to undo the hurt I’ve caused. I will never be able to undo my greatest mistake, but I believe it’s better to do something rather than give up. AILD collectively condemns all forms of domestic abuse and violence. Our mission is to continually seek and implement ways to facilitate positive, meaningful change in the world around us.”

However, not everyone was ready to give Lambesis a second chance, and Growlers has created controversy in Memphis for booking his band in Memphis.

“While we believe in the justice system and the ability for rehabilitation, we are against domestic violence and will always listen to those that have gone through the pain that it has caused. Since As I Lay Dying returned to performing we’d had several requests to bring them to Memphis, despite the singer’s past.

When the show was first announced, hundreds of people bought tickets right away. However, we’ve since heard the input of several people in the local community that we have the utmost respect for, and we want them to know that their voices are heard. Growler’s vehemently denounces all forms of physical and mental domestic abuse, and we’ll be replacing the As I Lay Dying show with a benefit show featuring all local bands. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping local victims of domestic abuse.”

As a locally owned small business, supporting our community is the single most important thing to us. In this instance, we’ve heard the community loud and clear, and we are going to do everything we can to ensure that we continue forward in providing an enjoyable entertaining environment that all of our patrons feel comfortable in. And to the people who’s comments were erased we sincerely apologize, just know we stand with you.”

As I Lay Dying Announce Spring U.S. Tour

As I Lay Dying have announced a spring U.S. tour. This will be the band’s second full U.S. tour since Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013.

Tour Dates:

03/15 St. Louis, MO – Pops
03/16 Peoria, IL. – Monarch
03/17 Joliet, IL – The Forge
03/18 Louisville, KY – Diamond Concert Hall
03/19 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/20 Rochester, NY – The Montage Music Hall
03/21 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/22 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
03/23 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
03/24 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
03/25 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore SoundStage
03/26 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
03/27 Columbia, SC – The Senate
03/29 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
03/30 Jacksonville, FL – 1904
03/31 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
04/02 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater
04/03 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
04/04 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
04/05 Memphis, TN – Growlers
04/06 Springfield, MO – The Complex

As I Lay Dying’s “An Ocean Between Us” To Receive New Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing

As I Lay Dying’s “An Ocean Between Us” is set to receive a new limited edition vinyl pressing on February 22 via SRCvinyl/Metal Blade. You can pre-order the effort on amber with aqua colored vinyl HERE. This news comes after the band returned to the road last year. Their reunion has been met with quite a bit controversy considering Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013.