Shadows Fall Planning Reunion Show

Shadows Fall are planning to play a reunion show this fall. However, whether or not it will actually happen will depend on the coronavirus pandemic.

Drummer Jason Bittner said the following about the show during an appearance on the “Who’s Your Band?” podcast, while discussing the lack of new music from the group:

“It’s not me. I’ll tell you that right now — it’s not me. Some other guys have another new band that they just announced not too long ago, so they’re obviously preoccupied doing other things. With the pandemic, there’s plenty of time sitting at home that I would think that there would be plenty of time to write other material too. But, hey… I don’t wanna point any fingers; I’m not gonna push any buttons. What I can tell you is that we tried to get together last year for a reunion. We have a date again scheduled for this year. That’s all I can tell you right now.”

“We’re not gonna say we’re still gonna be on hiatus, but we’re not gonna say we’re active either. We wanna just try to play a show. That’s the point of right now — can we play a show first, and then everything else that comes after that, like talk of writing a record or talk of writing an EP… We’ve already talked about this — we said, if anything, we would write an EP first. We wouldn’t write a full-length; we’d probably just four-song increments or something.”

“It’s not till the end of the year. I don’t know if it’s even gonna happen. They asked us again. The date was held from last year, and they asked us again. We said we’re down for it as long as it can be done properly, and as long as there’s a chance to do that at that point. I mean, I really hope there is. By seven months from now, I really hope we can do at least a socially distanced show, or whatever, but if we can’t, it would suck. The one thing I don’t wanna do — I’ll be quite honest with you — I don’t wanna do a half-assed Palladium reunion show because of COVID just to do a reunion show, because what is the fucking point?”

[via Blabbermouth]

Brian Fair Says Shadows Fall Have Been “Trying To Figure Out A Way To Play Some Shows”

It looks like there is still a possibility that Shadows Fall may return to the live stage at some point in the future. During a recent appearance on the “Thunder Underground” podcast, Brian Fair revealed that the band have been “trying to figure out a way to play some shows.”

Fair said the following

“We’ve been trying to figure out a way to play some shows and work it out. Schedule-wise, it’s been pretty tough, just with [guitarist Jon Donais playing with] ANTHRAX, [drummer Jason Bittner playing with] OVERKILL, and Matt’s [Bachand, guitarist] been busy, on and off, with ACT OF DEFIANCE and his own studio, and things like that. Me and Paul [Romanko, bassist] are working — well, were working — full-time [before the coronavirus pandemic]. Now it’s real hard.”

He continued:

“We had some framework rolling to try and get some things kind of to the next level of really moving forward, and now it’s all just at a standstill. But we really do wanna play some shows. We really stopped playing just because logistically, it was getting harder between guys playing in other bands, and then also just financially, if we wanted to survive, we were gonna have to tour 10 months out of the year, like we always did, and we just weren’t at that point right then. I was having a kid, then had a second kid, Paul had a kid. So it just became too tough. But as far as playing together, we never broke up because we didn’t wanna do it; it just didn’t make sense at the time.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jason Bittner On Possible Shadows Fall Shows: “We’re Still Waiting For The Right Time”

Jason Bittner has offered a bit of an update on Shadows Fall. The drummer tweeted the following after a fan asked about the possibility of future live shows from the group:

Jason Bittner On Shadows Fall’s Hiatus: “People Stopped Coming To See Us”

While responding to a story that mentioned the fact that Shadows Fall’s “Retribution” is turning ten this year, drummer Jason Bittner offered more insight into the band’s lengthy hiatus. He tweeted the following:

[via The PRP]

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall, Etc.) Comments On As I Lay Dying’s Controversial Return

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall, Downpour, & Hell Night) is one of the few members of the metal community to comment on the controversial return of Tim Lambesis and As I Lay Dying. Lambesis infamously tried to hire a hitman to murder his wife back in 2013 and was released from prison in 2016. Fair said the following:

“When I first heard of Tim‘s arrest I was shocked and disgusted to see someone I knew well, who built his following based on faith and righteousness commit such a heinous act directed at his family. I wrote “Serpent’s Tongue” by Downpour in response.”

“Their current revival has been tough to digest. I do believe in second chances but that doesn’t guarantee forgiveness or redemption. Those have to be earned with deeds and not words. I guess time will tell.”

“As far as the other members are concerned, I consider them friends and have to believe they see a change in Tim. I remain skeptical but will reserve judgement as this plays out.”

[via The PRP]

Shadows Fall Announce A Couple More August Shows

It was previously announced that Shadows Fall would be headlining the Big Kahuna Festival. Now, the band has announced two more shows, surrounding that date.

08/21 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
08/22 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall (‘The Big Kahuna Festival‘)
08/23 Lowell, MA – Mill City Ballroom

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Shadows Fall To Headline The Big Kahuna Festival

Shadows Fall have revealed that they will be headlining the Big Kahuna Festival, in Providence, RI, on August 22. The band posted the following on Facebook, which also says they are thinking about booking more dates:

The interesting thing about this announcement is due to the fact that the band said that they would be going on a hiatus and that they were scheduling a final tour beforehand. This statement was made last August and nothing has happened since.

Shadows Fall To “Take A Hiatus From Future Extensive Touring”

Shadows Fall have announced that they will be “taking a hiatus from future extensive touring,” due to personal obligations, such as families etc. With this news, the band announced their “Final” European Tour and said that they will plan a “Final” North American Tour, before the “hiatus.” Now this doesn’t mean the band is over. They said that they will still play festivals here and there, when offered , but they won’t be doing any large scale touring.

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Here’s the band’s official statement:

“The band has been touring non-stop for over a decade and has decided that it’s time to “take a hiatus” from future extensive touring. In addition to this upcoming European run, Shadows Fall are planning a final North American tour and will possibly visit a few other territories some time over the next year. We will post details once everything is locked in. There are many factors that are behind this difficult decision that the band has been dealing with for some time now. In a nutshell it comes down to families, member availability, and finances. Further impacting our decision is the fact that we have two members with young children. Plain and simple, they want to be with their families to watch their kids grow. Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made. Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in Anthrax, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup. Due to his obligations with Anthrax, he will not be able to join us on this European tour. Felipe Roa will once again fill Jon’s position and we are thankful to him for joining us on this run. Also returning for this tour is original bassist Paul Romanko who has sat out from touring for the last two years to raise his son. This has been a real hard decision for all of us to make but we feel at this time this is the right thing to do. We don’t hate each other, we’re not bitter, we in fact still have a really great time together, but the ride has slowed down and it’s time for the next chapters in our lives, whatever that may be. We can’t thank the fans that have supported Shadows Fall since the beginning enough. Without you, none of this would have been possible. For the past decade and a half, we have been able to create the music we have always wanted to hear and share it with music fans everywhere. That being said, you still may see us at a festival or two over the next few years…if they ask, we will come! In the meantime please check out the dates for the last European go around and we will see you out there!”