ESCAPE THE FATE Bassist Checks Into Rehab; Band Drops Off BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Tour


Las Vegas, Nevada-based post-hardcore band ESCAPE THE FATE has pulled out of the remaining dates on its European tour with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE because bassist Max Green has entered an undisclosed rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

"Max needs his friends and family by his side, so we're not gonna leave him," says lead singer Craig Mabbitt. "Max is one of my best friends and has never done this band wrong in any way shape or form.

"It's very honorable of him to admit he has a problem and wants to seek help for the longevity of his life and this band. I'm so sorry to the fans, but so proud of Max. He needs our love and support through this rough time in his life, so let's give it to him. Our soldiers never let us down and we will be back to play Europe and the two London dates very soon. We love you guys."

ESCAPE THE FATE will headline a string of European dates in early 2011. Tickets for the two London headline shows that were scheduled for December 6 and December 7 at the Islington Academy will be honored when these shows are rescheduled early next year.

ESCAPE THE FATE's self-titled album sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The video for the CD's first single, "Issues", can be viewed below. In the horror movie-influenced clip, the group is being attacked by a small village of people, but things aren't as they seem. Mabbitt explains, "Slowly through the video, you begin to realize the town's people are the ones that are crazy and insane. We're just a group of four rad dudes playing in a church." The Paul R. Brown-directed (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KORN, GODSMACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) video's concept was Mabbitt's, who wanted a graphic novel type of feel to it.

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