Xandria On Dianne Van Giersbergen’s Exit: “We Had To Learn About Her Departure In A Way That Has Been Surprising”

Dianne Van Giersbergen recently announced her exit from Xandria, after the group revealed that they were canceling their U.S. tour and using a guest vocalist for their upcoming European shows. Now, the group have issued a new statement saying Giersbergen’s departue was a surprise to them.

Xandria’s new statement:

Dear all,

We are very sad about the situation that we and you, the people following Xandria, have to face now.

After we already had to cancel many concerts since July due to Dianne not being able to perform we had now been informed by her that she is leaving the band with immediate effect.

This happened after we published news that the upcoming concerts will be played with a temporary replacement singer. It was clear to everyone, including Dianne, that it was supposed to be a temporary solution only.

We had to learn about her departure in a way that has been surprising us very much and with a statement in which we do not recognize ourselves in.

We have been very downhearted about not being able to play these concerts, and probably would not have been able to play for an undetermined time also in the future. For that reason, we wanted to play at least the concerts in November and December with a temporary replacement singer that can celebrate the music we love so much together with you and us, instead of cancelling any more concerts.

We always have been doing our best to be there for you fans, so we tried the same in this difficult situation.

Just as we always tried to find a good way to care for all members of the band to live the passion that is music, which can sometimes be difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it seems that Dianne´s needs and goals were drifting apart from the band´s ones.

However, we are proudly looking back at what we achieved together and we are thanking Dianne for the great times we shared and everything she did for the band. We wish her all the best for what she is heading for on her future way.

We will live the passion we have for our music together with you all on our concerts in November, December & beyond!With a heavy heart, but at the same time looking forward to the future and to see you out there sharing our music with you.

Philip, Marco, Steven & Gerit

Dianne Van Giersbergen Officially Exits Xandria

Dianne Van Giersbergen has officially announced her exit from Xandria. Her departure comes as a result of the impact the band and management have had on her health. This news comes after Xandria previously cancelled their U.S. tour and recruited a guest vocalist for their upcoming European shows.

Dianne Van Giersbergen said the following (audio below):

“The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.

“For nearly two years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.

“Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria and management. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve sent me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.

“Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again.

“Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support! I am forever grateful.”

Xandria Cancel U.S. Tour, Recruit Guest Singer Aeva Maurelle For European Shows

Xandria have cancelled their U.S. tour due to singer Dianne Van Giersbergen being unable to perform with the group. However, the band still plan to play their upcoming European dates with guest vocalist Aeva Maurelle (Aeverium).

Xandria commented:

“Some bad and some good news, folks. Starting with the bad news first: It comes with grief and sadness that our singer Dianne [Van Giersbergen] cannot perform with us for the time being.

“Sometimes these things are beyond your own power and there is a life offside the stages of the world which requires appropriate attention, so please bear with us.

“This, unfortunately, also means that we have to cancel the upcoming Russia shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as the following U.S. tour in the end of September and October.

“We are already working on new dates for these stretches, yet can’t determine an exact time window by now already.

“Please stay alerted for ticket-return info in here and where you purchased your tickets.

“As for short-term solutions: Our dear friend Aeva Maurelle of our buddies from symphonic metal band Aeverium will step in to rock with us the European dates in November and December.

“Please welcome Aeva with a warm applause. We will make these shows nights to remember for you all!

“Can’t wait to see you out there!”

Xandria Announce Fall 2017 North American Tour With Kobra And The Lotus & September Mourning

Xandria have announced a North American headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Kobra And The Lotus, and September Mourning.

Tour Dates:

09/29 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
09/30 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
10/02 – Louisville, KY – Trixie’s Entertainment Complex
10/04 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
10/06 – Newport, MN – Opinion Brewery
10/07 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
10/08 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
10/09 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
10/12 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
10/13 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes
10/14 – Dallas, TX – Trees
10/15 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
10/18 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/19 – Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live
10/21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

In other news, you can also check out a new lyric video for “Queen Of Hearts Reborn” off of Xandria’s latest release “Theater Of Dimensions” below:

Xandria Announce 2017 North American Tour With Kobra And The Lotus & Once Human

Xandria have announced a North American headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Kobra And The Lotus, and Once Human.

Tour Dates:

05/09 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05/11 Quebec City, QC – La Source de la Marinere
05/12 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
05/13 Toronto, ON – Garrison
05/14 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
05/16 Joliet, IL – The Forge Club
05/18 Denver, CO – Moon Room
05/19 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
05/20 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro
05/22 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
05/24 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
05/26 Las Vegas, NV – Adrenaline
05/27 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
05/29 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
05/30 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red