During a recent interview with Heavy Culture, Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris explained his lengthy absence from touring. The guitarist has been spending time away from the road to take care of his sick parents, who have now sadly passed away.
Harris said the following:
“I finished the ‘Apex Predator‘ recording, and my father was very sick in Las Vegas. I lived in England 26 years. Time goes very fast when your parents are aging. So I came home to see how he was. He needed surgery on both knees. But then [after] many tests, [the doctors] said, ‘Oh, you have cancer.’
So I went home, I got my family and I came back. And I said, I will finish all the shows for the rest of the ‘Utilitarian‘ [cycle]. They do 200 shows a year, and I was the full-time carer for my father, and also my mother was here alone with him, and she couldn’t help him so much.”
“When I moved [back to Las Vegas], he died the day I arrived, actually, when I came back. He had his surgery. And it was shocking. Then my mother was alone, and we couldn’t leave her. We were happy. We settled in. [It was a] crazy culture change for the family and my kids. Yeah, it was very shocking. But I was very happy to be home. So then, three years later, my mother died. Again, she was sick for a while.”
He also added:
“I can’t travel, and I don’t want to travel. I don’t feel like it’s that important — ‘Oh, I need to be there for the fans, the band, traveling on a plane every day when my family needs me.’
Sometimes there comes a point in your life where you have to just do the right thing, and I would never feel happy if I was not there when they needed me. I’m sorry for people that they miss me, or whatever, but if you really miss me, there’s a Napalm record, which I played on, which is very intense, and Brave The Cold. Please support it and give it a chance, because this is part of my future.”