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Killswitch Engage To Continue Touring with All That Remains Frontman Phil Labonte On Vocals

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Last week, it was announced that Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones had to unexpectedly leave the band’s current headlining tour, leading to a flurry of rumors and questions about the status of the tour and the band. The band has further issued the following statement addressing the matter, saying: “It became overwhelmingly obvious to all of us around Howard that he is in no condition to be on tour right now and that he needed to get off the road and get himself better. It’s a personal matter and while we understand everyone’s curiosity and concern for Howard and the band, we appreciate everyone respecting Howard’s privacy at this time.”

Longtime friend Phil Labonte of All That Remains was able to fill in and help out the band for a few shows and it appears as though he will be filling in for the remainder of the tour, which runs through March. Killswitch Engage endured and survived a similar situation in the past, where guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was forced to sit out a tour due to a back injury. Killswitch Engage also said, “We seriously considered cancelling the tour since we don’t want to give fans that paid good money anything less than KsE at full-strength. But after trying a few shows with Phil, and after feeling the love and support that we were getting from the crowd, it became increasingly apparent to us that the shows came across as fun and unique, and the fans seemed to be enjoying it. We quickly realized that we had to keep going and that we couldn’t possibly stop.” Refunds are available for any fans that have already purchased tickets, but as the band said, this tour will offer a chance to experience Killswitch Engage in a unique way that you won’t be able to witness again.

Furthermore, the band would like to thank all fans who came out to support them during this difficult stretch, exclaiming “We really do feel that our fans are the best fans in the world.” The band also thanked Labonte for pitching in, saying “We can’t thank Phil enough for helping us out when we needed it the most.”

For a taste of Killswitch Engage with Labonte on vocals, check this footage from the Baltimore show this past weekend, check out the video below. (Note: This footage can be viewed in full 720 HD resolution on YouTube by simply locating the “360p” under the video in the tool bar, clicking on it and then moving your cursor up to select “720p.”)

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1. Holy Crap! Lions! writes:

Phil is nowhere f***ing NEAR as good as Howard.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. EsotericSurgery writes:

Agreed. Although his screams do blend well. terrible singer though IMO I've seen the man live 4 times already so I would know. :p

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 4:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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I'm sure it's pretty easy to fill in for a vocalist when you let the crowd sing the entire set for you. Motherf***er, I paid $30 a ticket to see this sh**. YOU sing.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 4:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Valentine_no_more writes:

Howard Jones off tour so a gay man can sing for them...how terrific hahaha. F#@k that!

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 5:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

I don't know about anyone else, but Howards stage presence alone is worth the 30 bucks. "Are you adequately prepared to rock?" LMFAO!!!

There was a poster in the thread linked above that stated that a guy that worked at House Of Blues told him that Howard wouldn't return to the band. Am I to believe that this was not credible information? OR is DB the questionable informant? Hmmmm... lol. Time will tell...

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 5:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Natsquatch writes:

Anybody else seeing a resemblance between Joel and Brent Hinds in this video?

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 5:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Rubyred writes:

I'm "sorry" hear that and whatever the matters are concerning Mr. Howard Jone's KILLWITCH ENGAGE "brief departure"...'I hope that it will be mended with the ultmost care. JONE's can sing...'I mean Wow "sing" in that clear-clean voice (also Jesse can, too KSE 1st Vocalist...'but Howard's my favorite though...'that song "Breakin' Heart" WOW!!!) and in that "frightening" horror voice which both brought him mega fame. I your rest and plenty of sleeeep Mr. Howard...'maybe this is the some of the problem "many" Professional musicians hardly get any rest which in the end will catch up with you & knock you flat if your not careful. Much respects.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. n0thinghead writes:

^^^ THAT the first thing i noticed lmao and then i thought what esoteric said. nvr failing to agree w/ u man lol. he's screaming vox go well f***ing nicely but he just can't go the clean for me, at least in kse, like howard does =\ even tho i do like atr too tho.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 6:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. n0thinghead writes:

^^^^ meant for nats.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 6:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Rubyred writes:

"Broken Heart" or "End of Hearthache" that's what I meant to say above: I must say I have to show/give respect for another fame Vocalist/musician Phil Labonte with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE live video above. He did pretty cool with it and the audience helped him along with the singing. And with all due respect I hope that JONE's brief departure will be a speedy one: his Vocal range is a powerhouse/when he hit those high notes...'well amazing vocal abilities he has! Peace and Godbless to the members of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: they have alot of energy that's for damn sure. cheers.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. n0thinghead writes:

^^^^ x 2.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. ralf writes:

i thought jesse leach was better, i geuss more of his lyrics and i think howard is great, adds annother dimension to the band but Phil is a great fit and he's a great front man and all 3 are comarable. gee maybe its because i am a big atr fan also.. i will get both nyc shows, i hope tdwp is there also. kse should take a few months break because they have been on tour like for the last 3 years straight

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 8:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. METAL213 writes:

Nasquatch, I'm totally with you on the Joel/Brent Hinds resemblence. I noticed immediately and knew someone else would catch it as well. I missed out on Killswitch two days ago in Chicago. It sucks but at least I didn't have to deal with all the Devil Wears fa**ot wigger scene kids. STAY METAL MY FRIENDS!
Now Playing: "Head onto Heartache (Let Them Rot)" by DevilDriver

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. zMETALlica writes:

from what i've heard of ATR and KSE phil > howard.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 11:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. fuck you writes:

not impressive at all, that just made up my mind on not to attend their show coming up, killswitch back in the day kicked ass, now u got preppy kids and 10 yr old girls going to shows, what has this world came to be

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. deathbringer writes:

This info was all from a press release and commentary from the band. It didn't really say anything as to why Howard left and I haven't heard anything myself.

# Feb 17, 2010 @ 11:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. tokenchoke420 writes:

The fact of the matter is adding Phil to the show meant a way better set list. I only had to listen to one song off of their new sh**ty album. They played three songs from the original self-titled cd that Howard never touches live. Howard is better than Phil, but it was worth it to see KSE's old music.

# Feb 18, 2010 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. KREDD writes:

i'm looking forward to seeing them with phil in march altho i'd prefer to hear howard.

why is everyone whining about phil?? phil isn't trying to sound like howard and will never sound like howard. he knows it, we knows it. so who really gives a crap?

# Feb 18, 2010 @ 9:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Blindgreed1 writes:

DB: I was just slingin poo. You know how I roll. lol. Howard's back is jacked up.

# Feb 18, 2010 @ 10:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. n0thinghead writes:

metal213: DD... niiice \m/

# Feb 22, 2010 @ 6:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. n0thinghead writes:

^^^ i said that kuz that's my #1 fav song from them.

# Feb 22, 2010 @ 6:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Spaghetti_Motel writes:

Didn't Phil originally try out for Killswitch after Jesse left?

# Feb 22, 2010 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. monk24 writes:

yea he was basically the runner up to howard

# Feb 22, 2010 @ 10:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. metalmayhem writes:

i have to say, i grew up on these guys being from mass. both KSE w/ Jesse, then Howard, and SF w/ Phil, and Brian obviously. Phil is not that bad live. All That Remains are not my taste as KSE and SF are not either anymore but some ppl have to get off his back. He is doing his friends, and the fans a huge favor by filling in for Howard. I preferred Jesse too, but he is never coming back so get over it. And the first SF full length with Phil on it trumps everything they have done since. Point is, he's doing the band and the ppl that don't want their refund a service so ppl need to calm down. Howard should still be w/ BHBS anyway. Far better than any of the above mentioned bands

# Feb 23, 2010 @ 1:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Your_Mom writes:

Nice cape Captain Douchebag!

# Feb 23, 2010 @ 11:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Valentine_no_more writes:

...eh it's whatever...all that remains kind of sux...

# Feb 23, 2010 @ 2:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. DoRiToz writes:

Holy Hell just listened to the end of heartache with phil singing...F'in amazing man

# Feb 27, 2010 @ 1:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. DoRiToz writes:

all of you who disagree..SHAME and by the way all that remains is the sh**

# Feb 27, 2010 @ 1:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. n0thinghead writes:

^^^ i think ur opinion on the matter is just a lil bias.

# Feb 27, 2010 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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