Underoath Find Replacement For Injured Drummer
With Underoath currently on a headlining U.S. tour in support of their gold certified third album, 'Define The Great Line,' the band was forced to make a drastic decision at a gig in Las Vegas due to a hand injury to drummer and vocalist Aaron Gillespie. Gillespie, who had to undergo emergency surgery to treat the infection, had a hand in bringing in drummer Kenny Bozich of The Almost, which is also Aaron's other band as well.
As Bozich was preparing to head up in the mountains of Utah, the band contacted him in just enough time to catch a flight to Las Vegas that landed 25 minutes before the band was to go on stage at The House of Blues. While Bozich only had enough time to listen to songs on his iPod on the flight to Vegas and talk with the band briefly before hitting the stage, the band was able to perform a strong set since Bozich knew the material being a fan of the band for a long time.
Underoath had this to say on how Kenny did as a replacement.
"Surprisingly really smooth. The guy, I'm sure you've already talked about him, Kenny, has been doing an amazing job and he just seriously flew in and nailed it and he's been doing awesome. So it's definitely awesome that we didn't have to cancel that we were able to pull it off with his help. We miss Aaron of course, but you know."
So what exactly was wrong with Aaron's hand?
"He basically had a blister and he woke up and he said that his finger was really hurting and he went to the doctor and they said that they think he has some sort of rare or not rare, some sort of infection in his finger. He ended up getting the side of his finger all cut and gauze stuck in there and they're trying to drain the infection out of it and I believe they got it all out yesterday and he needs about four days of recovery and he should be back when we do the Portland show."
The band is currently on a 37 city headlining tour and if all goes well Aaron plans on getting behind the kick with the band once again at their show October 9th in Portland, Oregon. Aaron's hand injury and subsequent surgery were captured by the video crew that is currently traveling with Underoath for the bands upcoming documentary and concert film. Underoath plans to record their first major multi camera DVD at their upcoming show Halloween weekend October 28th in Philadelphia. Fans can expect the live CD/DVD release to hit the street early next year. Currently Underoath have dates booked throughout the U.S. until November 6th in Orlando, Florida.
Source: Ultimate Guitar
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