Coheed And Cambria Drummer Josh Eppard To Undergo Heart Procedure Following Onstage Faint, Band Cancel Remaining 2019 Dates

Coheed And Cambria have been forced to cancel their remaining 2019 shows due to drummer Josh Eppard requiring a cardiac ablation procedure to deal with a heart condition. This news comes after Eppard previously fainted onstage during the band’s October 19 show at the House Of Blues in Orlando, FL:

Coheed And Cambria issued the following statement:

“Big Announcement:

Hello Everyone,

As some of you may have heard, our fantastic drummer, Josh Eppard had a fainting spell on stage early in our set Saturday night in Orlando. After a visit from the paramedics, he insisted on coming back out to finish the show- which was extremely courageous – but even with the amount of awe we felt, everyone was very concerned.

Upon his return home, Josh’s doctors advised him to undergo a procedure called a “cardiac ablation” in the coming weeks. This procedure will close an “extra pathway” to Josh’s heart, which has been causing an irregular heartbeat for some time, and is believed to be responsible for the occurrence in FL.

Due to the necessity of this procedure, Coheed and Cambria will be canceling the rest of our 2019 dates to let Josh get back to full health, so that we can make sure there will be a World for Tomorrow. We apologize from the bottom of our hearts to fans in the Midwest and those in Australia, as well as the organizers of these shows. We feel strongly that an abundance of caution is the best move for Josh and for the band at this time. Let there be no confusion, we will be back bigger and stronger in 2020, and are already planning big announcements on the horizon.

If you want to follow Josh on this journey, he will surely be documenting it on his socials @weerd_science
Thank you for your Neverending support,

Coheed and Cambria“

Saxon’s Biff Byford Offers Update Following Triple Bypass Surgery

Saxon’s Biff Byford has shared a new update after undergoing triple bypass surgery. He said the following on Facebook:

“Hi a cup of tea and jam and roast. T minus 5 days since operation. I’d like to thank all of you who sent love and well wishes and tons of positive vibes to me. I had an emergency triple bi pass operation on Monday morning. I’ll be feeling tired for a while. A lot of pain management at the moment but I’m up and about for a bit everyday now. It’s more shuffling than walking but hey never surrender and all that. I’d like to thank the tremendous team at york training hospital and Hull royal infirmary for making sure my journey didn’t end. Not really strong enough to talk a lot yet which obviously I’m not used to🤪🙀I’ll send you all a video when I’m home and keep you all updated on my road to recovery biffx”

Saxon Postpone 2019 Dates As Biff Byford Prepares To Undergo Heart Operation

Saxon’s Biff Byford has revealed that he “has been diagnosed with a heart condition that requires immediate surgery.” As a result, the band have been forced to postpone their remaining 2019 dates.

The band issued the following statement:

“It is with regret that we have to announce the rescheduling of the remaining SAXON shows in 2019. Lead Vocalist Biff Byford has been diagnosed with a heart condition that requires immediate surgery and a post op recovery period that will last into the new year.

The shows affected are as follows:

September 26th Sweden, Stockholm – Grona Lund
October 5th – The Netherlands, Eindhoven – Oktober Metal Fest
October 18th – UK, Glasgow – Braehead Arena
October 19th – UK, London – Eventim Apollo
October 20th – UK, Manchester – O2 Apollo
October 26th – Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
December 1st – Mexico, Mexico City – Forcefest
December 6th – Colombia, Bogota – Knot Fest

The UK, London Eventim Apollo show has been rescheduled for Saturday March 28th 2020

And UK, Manchester O2 Apollo for Sunday March 29th 2020

The UK, Glasgow Braehead Arena & Germany, Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle shows will be rescheduled and new dates announced as soon as possible.

All existing tickets will remain valid for new dates and in the case of a required refund please visit point of purchase.

The Stockholm Grona Lund show will be rescheduled for the summer of 2020 – date TBC at this time.

Unfortunately due to the nature of the events, the Netherlands, Mexico & Colombia dates will not be able to be rescheduled.

Biff: ‘As everyone knows now we are going to have to reschedule some of the shows because I need an operation on my heart which should be happening next week. There is nothing more I can say really, I am just sorry for causing all the disappointment to peoples plans for coming to see us. I know people are flying from all over the World to see the shows but there is nothing I can do so please wish me luck and send me some good vibes. We have to look positive on this and I will coming back as strong as before hopefully'”

Lynyrd Skynyrd Postpone Immediate Tour Dates After Guitarist Gary Rossington Undergoes Heart Surgery

Lynyrd Skynyrd have postponed this weekend’s shows in Las Vegas, NV and Wheatland, CA due to guitarist Gary Rossington needing more time to recover after undergoing surgery for a leaky heart valve. The Las Vegas show will now take place on October 18 and the Wheatland show will now take place on October 19.

The band issued the below statement:

“Due to illness, Lynyrd Skynyrd must postpone shows for their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour this weekend. The Friday, Aug. 16, date at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, and the Saturday, Aug. 17, performance at Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA for Saturday, Oct. 19. Bad Company will remain as Co-Headline, special guest for the rescheduled Las Vegas date on Oct. 18. Tickets purchased for the original August 16 and 17 dates will be honored for the rescheduled dates in October.

Guitarist and original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington, has been experiencing fatigue and other symptoms related to a leaky heart valve. Rossington underwent a procedure on July 31 to repair the valve. To allow him proper time to recover the band must reschedule the upcoming tour dates. Rossington is expected to make a full recovery.”

Vocalist Johnny Van Zant added:

“We all appreciate the well wishes for Gary and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. But he can’t wait to come back and perform at 100 percent for the fans. We will see you all soon!”

Venom Inc. To Release “War” 10-Inch Single In August

Venom Inc. have announced that they will be releasing a new 10-inch single titled “War” on August 10. It can be pre-ordered on red (limited to 300 copies, mailorder only) and black vinyl (limited to 500 copies). Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan commented:

“In a world of uncertainty, where we are back to measuring the size of one nuclear arsenal against another (sic. Cold War) while other parts of the globe battle their perverse leanings and terror reigns down…we present ‘War’…and our very own live ‘Warhead’! Enjoy the destruction of all you thought you knew as indestructible.”

“War” Track Listing:

Side A:

01. “War” (Armageddon Edit)
02. “War” (live)

Side B:

01. “Warhead” (live)

This news comes after it was revealed that Jeff “Mantas” Dunn recently underwent heart surgery following a heart attack. The band have since scrapped their touring plans until August. They said the following:

“On 30th April 2018 our friend, brother and guitarist Jeff ‘Mantas’ Dunn suffered a major heart attack. During the ordeal Jeff died and had to be resuscitated. After a month enduring hospital treatment he received double by pass surgery in Lisbon, Portugal (where he now resides). The operation was a great success and he has been convalescing at home in Portugal.”

Original Venom Guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn Recovering After Undergoing Heart Surgery

Jeff “Mantas” Dunn (Venom Inc., ex-Venom) has revealed that he is currently recovering after undergoing heart surgery. The guitarist shared a statement about the scary situation on Venom Inc.’s Facebook page, and you can read it below.

Mantas said the following:

“A day like any other, sun is shining and myself and Anita leave the house to drive to our next village. Anita needs a new inhaler so we call into the pharmacy to collect one. That is when everything changes. I start to experience what I can only describe as indigestion, but then the pain gets worse. I decide to go back to the car and wait, but by this time, the pain is unbearable. The staff of the pharmacy help me out of the car and take me back inside. An ambulance is called. On its arrival, I am taken into the ambulance to be monitored and assessed. The pain is not subsiding in any way, and so the the paramedics call for a doctor. When the doctor arrives with a nurse, I am immediately hooked up to an ECG and given the news that it appears that two valves in my heart are blocked.

What happened next ranks easily as the most terrifying experience of my life. I can remember calling Anita’s name and then hearing my own voice saying, ‘Fucking fight! Dont you dare give up! FIGHT IT!’ And then, nothing.

I have been told that the paramedics and doctor fought for just over five minutes to bring me back… Essentially, I had died in the ambulance.
When I was stabilized enough to be moved, I was transfered to Leiria coronary care unit, where they attempted to introduce a stent to unblock the arteries. However, this was unsuccessful, and so the next step was to be a double bypass.

After a couple of days under observation and all kinds of medication to keep everything on an even keel. I was moved to Abrantes cardiothoracic unit to await transfer to Lisbon for a double heart bypass.

I am now home resting and recuperating, taking walks and slowly building my strength up.

From this day on, going through airport security will be interesting as my breast bone is clamped together with surgical steel.

There have been things which have happened during these last few weeks which I have found very hard to come to terms with, but it’s getting better.

I simply do not know where or how to begin to thank every single doctor, nurse or health care worker who has played some part, no matter how small, in helping me recover from this. There is still a way to go, but I remain positive.

My thanks and enduring love goes to Anita, who has been with me every step of the way. My brother Tony Dolan, who upon hearing the news took the first available flight to be by my side. My neighbors and friends in our wonderful village who, despite language barriers, have shown so much concern and compassion.

I will hopefully see you on a stage somewhere in the world soon, my friends. Maximum respect, Jeff.”

Night Ranger Premiere “Running Out Of Time” Music Video, Kelly Keagy Returns Following Heart Surgery

Night Ranger have premiered a new video for their song “Running Out Of Time.” This song is from the band’s latest album “Don’t Let Up.” In other news, Kelly Keagy has officially returned to the group following heart surgery. You can see what he had to say about that in a new interview over at Ultimate Classic Rock.