As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis: “Part Of My Life’s Work Now Is To Undo The Hurt I’ve Caused”

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis, who was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013, has shared a new statement regarding the band’s controversial return. According to the frontman, “part of [his] life’s work now is to undo the hurt [he’s] caused and to help others in addiction.”

Lambesis said the following:

“I stand against who I became in my past and am pursuing a new purpose in the rebirth of AILD. We collectively are. • People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life’s work now is to undo the hurt I’ve caused and to help others in addiction. Instead, I think AILD fans are supporting the belief that people can change. •

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. Its aftermath is one of pervasive, long-lasting hurt and there is no acceptable excuse or defense for such behavior. Our agenda as a band is to actively back and work with organizations who offer support to those who are emotionally suffering and in pain.

Whether it be from a history of abuse, hardship, or mental illness—pro-activity in healing and recovery is at the core of what this band is now. • Tonight we’ll play the biggest headline show of our career (topping our second biggest headline show earlier on this same tour).

Our fans in Germany did not know this when they bought their tickets, but we will be donating a portion of proceeds from our show to HeartSupport; an organization we believe in that functions to provide emotional support and counseling to young adults caught in cycles of addiction, depression, sexual abuse, and family turmoil. Our mission is to continually seek and implement ways to facilitate positive, meaningful change in the world around us. •

For now, we don’t want to miss out on bringing purpose into our biggest moment yet. We’ve been given a second chance we thought we’d never have again and we certainly don’t take it for granted. •

Sincerely, Tim“

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I stand against who I became in my past and am pursuing a new purpose in the rebirth of AILD. We collectively are. • People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life’s work now is to undo the hurt I’ve caused and to help others in addiction. Instead, I think AILD fans are supporting the belief that people can change. • 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. Its aftermath is one of pervasive, long-lasting hurt and there is no acceptable excuse or defense for such behavior. Our agenda as a band is to actively back and work with organizations who offer support to those who are emotionally suffering and in pain. Whether it be from a history of abuse, hardship, or mental illness—pro-activity in healing and recovery is at the core of what this band is now. • Tonight we’ll play the biggest headline show of our career (topping our second biggest headline show earlier on this same tour). Our fans in Germany did not know this when they bought their tickets, but we will be donating a portion of proceeds from our show to HeartSupport; an organization we believe in that functions to provide emotional support and counseling to young adults caught in cycles of addiction, depression, sexual abuse, and family turmoil. Our mission is to continually seek and implement ways to facilitate positive, meaningful change in the world around us. • For now, we don’t want to miss out on bringing purpose into our biggest moment yet. We’ve been given a second chance we thought we’d never have again and we certainly don’t take it for granted. • Sincerely, Tim

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16 Dates Of As I Lay Dying’s Upcoming Tours Have Sold Out

It looks like As I Lay Dying’s fans aren’t too concerned with the fact that Tim Lambesis infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013. In fact, the band have already sold out 16 dates across the U.S. and Europe and have even upgraded to some bigger venues. The group did get removed from the 2019 Resurrection Fest following backlash, but other than that, they do not appear to be facing too much more resistance. U.S. dates and supporting acts can be found HERE, while European dates and supporting acts can be found HERE.

[via The PRP]

As I Lay Dying Removed From 2019 Resurrection Fest

As I Lay Dying have been dropped from the 2019 Resurrection Fest in Viveiro, Spain 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.

Resurrection Fest organizers issued the following statement:

“Given the controversy after the announcement of As I Lay Dying for next year, we would like to highlight our absolutely condemnatory position against gender violence. At the festival, we are aware that it is a huge problem in society, with which we must have a special sensitivity.

Like other forms of intolerance or oppression, it has no place within our festival or within the scene of which we are part. Proof of our commitment is that during our 13 editions we have been an example of coexistence, or any other violent act. Furthermore, in the surveys of the assistants during the recent years, we have been given high results in terms of security.

Resurrection Fest for us is a celebration of music in many of its variants and for the majority of our attendees it is the best week of the year. We still try to make a festival that we would like to attend to as public and where the passion for music and coexistence among all our attendees reigns.

The decision to include the band As I Lay Dying in this year’s edition, the same way many other European festivals will do next summer, is that we believe in social reintegration and in the right of people to rehabilitate after having met a conviction. We understand that this opinion by the organization of the festival is shared by a large part of the festival attendees who requested the band in the polls.

Given the debate and the division that was created among the attendees, and in order to maintain the prevailing atmosphere of harmony among the entire festival community, we finally made the decision after talking with the band of not including As I Lay Dying in the billing of this edition.

We hope that everyone understands this situation. Resurrection Fest is an event for all types of audiences regardless of age or social group, and that forces us sometimes to make difficult decisions. Thank you very much for understanding. See you in Viveiro.”

The festival will take place on July 3-6 and Parkway Drive, Within Temptation, Trivium and more are all set to perfom.

[via The PRP]

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Says He Is Pursuing A Master’s Degree In Social Work

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis, who was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013, has revealed that he has actually done quite a bit of school work in the years following his crime and that he has even become a certified addiction treatment counselor. He also added that he is now pursuing a master’s degree in social work. You can find an Instagram post from Lambesis regarding all that below. As previously reported, As I Lay Dying currently have U.S. and European tours booked.

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I’m slowly getting comfortable sharing parts of my life, little by little. • Taken at an end of the school year party last semester. I can’t believe it’s already a new school year! • A lot of people have been asking what I’ve done with most of my time over the past 5+ years. School is one of many things. It’s hard for me to sit idle, so I took almost every class I could. I got a handful of undergraduate degrees in the process, but what interested me most were courses in addiction treatment. I ended up becoming a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor and started working as a case manager for a year in the process of collecting field hours for my certification. Then in 2017 I began a Master of Social Work program. • The smile you see here comes from a sense of relief after finishing the first year of the MSW! • Anybody else going to school or learning something new? If so, comment below

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Within The Ruins & Kingdom Of Giants Added To As I Lay Dying’s U.S. Tour

Within The Ruins and Kingdom Of Giants have been added to As I Lay Dying’s fall U.S. tour. This will be the band’s first full 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:

11/02 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red (sold out)
11/03 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
11/05 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Side Room
11/06 Dallas, TX – Trees (sold out)
11/07 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
11/08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/09 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
11/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/12 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
11/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
11/14 Reno, NV – Cargo
11/15 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
11/16 Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
11/18 Pomona, CA – The Glass House (sold out)

ERRA & Bleed From Within Added To As I Lay Dying’s European Tour

ERRA and Bleed From Within have been added to As I Lay Dying’s European tour. This will be the band’s first tour overseas 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:

12/01 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
12/02 Tilburg, NET – 013
12/03 Antwerp, BEL – Zappa
12/04 Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie
12/05 Aarau, SWI – Kiff (sold out)
12/06 Bologna, ITA – Locomotive Club
12/07 Wien, AUT – Gasometer
12/08 Munchen, GER – Zenith (sold out)
12/09 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage (sold out)
12/10 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
12/11 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
12/12 Berlin, GER – Kesselhaus (sold out)
12/13 Hamburg, GER – Docks
12/14 Hannover, GER – Capitol
12/15 Leipzig, GER – Felsenkeller

Some Of As I Lay Dying’s U.S. Dates Have Been Selling Out

Like their European dates, As I Lay Dying’s U.S. dates have started selling out. The trek has been met with controversy due to it being Tim Lambesis’ first full run since being released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013. The sales seem to suggest the fans are not too concerned with Lambesis’ past actions.

Tour Dates:

11/02 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red (sold out)
11/03 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
11/05 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Side Room
11/06 Dallas, TX – Trees (sold out)
11/07 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
11/08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/09 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
11/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/12 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
11/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
11/14 Reno, NV – Cargo
11/15 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
11/16 Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
11/18 Pomona, CA – The Glass House (sold out)