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Three Days Grace Add More 2013 Tour Dates With New Singer Matt Walst

Facebook: Three Days Grace Three Days Grace will extend their touring with newly installed singer Matt Walst beyond their two legs of shows with Shinedown . The band has just tacked on 11 new gigs that will take place during the months of April and May. P.O.D. , who have been out on the road with Three Days Grace and Shinedown, will share the stage with Three Days Grace during their May 7 stop in Corpus Christi, but their participation in the remainder of the tour has not been confirmed. The new trek launches April 17 in Portland, Maine, and runs through a May 17 finale in Youngstown, Ohio. Three Days Grace have employed My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst as their singer since the beginning of the year, revealing in January that longtime vocalist Adam Gontier had split from the group . Walst, the brother of Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst, intends on balancing both of his groups for the time being. Three Days Grace have expressed their desire to continue their career even though Gontier is no longer with the band and plan to address their future once touring is complete. Check out videos of Matt Walst performing with Three Days Grace on tour below. Tickets for the new trek go on sale Feb. 22 and links will be posted soon. Three Days Grace Spring 2013 North American Tour: 4/17 — Portland, Maine — State Theatre 4/19 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theatre 4/21 — Atlantic City, N.J. — House of Blues 4/23 — Huntington, N.Y. — The Paramount 4/28 — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — Revolution 5/1 — Atlanta, Ga. — The Masquerade 5/7 — Corpus Christi, Texas — Concrete Street Amphitheater 5/10 — Dallas, Texas — The Palladium Ballroom 5/14 — Libertyville, Ill. — Austin’s Fuel Room 5/15 — South Bend, Ind. — Club Fever 5/17 — Youngstown, Ohio — Wedgewood Entertainment Center Watch Matt Walst and Three Days Grace Perform ‘Riot’ in Moline, Ill. Watch Matt Walst and Three Days Grace Perform ‘Animal I Have Become’ in Moline, Ill. [button href=”” title=”Next: Adam Gontier Wishes Three Days Grace Members ‘All the Best'” align=”center”]

Adam Gontier to Headline ‘Rock for Recovery’ Benefit Show in New York City

Facebook: Adam Gontier While singer Adam Gontier shocked his fans by announcing his departure from  Three Days Grace  yesterday (Jan. 9), he’s not retiring from the stage entirely. The vocalist will play his first show since leaving the band next Thursday (Jan. 17) as part of the special acoustic ‘Rock for Recovery’ benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. Gontier will share the bill with such acts as Art of Dying , Hurt , Smile Empty Soul , Edisun, Before the Curtain and Slipknot  DJ  Sid Wilson . Proceeds from the show will benefit the Mercury One Foundation. Gontier confirmed his participation in the event via his Facebook page, and even offered the opportunity for fans to win a pair of free tickets by simply sharing his Facebook post . Tickets for the ‘Rock for Recovery’ benefit may be purchased here . The singer’s newly solo status came as a surprise to many, but it was revealed that the decision to step away from the band was made just prior to Christmas. With Three Days Grace already committed to a co-headlining tour with Shinedown , the band moved quickly to recruit My Darkest Days ‘ Matt Walst to fill-in for the departed Gontier. The vocalist said of his exit that even though a “health issue” was cited with the announcement of his departure that he had not fallen prey to his drug or addiction past and that his sobriety remains intact. He added, “After twenty years of being part of an ever evolving band, I have been inspired by life, to move on and to continue to evolve on my own terms.” See his full letter by clicking below: [button href=”” title=”Next: Read Adam Gontier’s Letter of Resignation From Three Days Grace” align=”center”]

Three Days Grace Singer Swap – Readers Poll

Facebook: Three Days Grace Three Days Grace definitely shocked fans Wednesday (Jan. 9) with the news that they were replacing frontman Adam Gontier with My Darkest Days ‘ Matt Walst after Gontier resigned from the band due to a “non life threatening health issue.” In his own letter to fans, Gontier stated, “After twenty years of being part of an ever evolving band, I have been inspired by life, to move on and to continue to evolve on my own terms,” suggesting that his decision was more about starting a new chapter than a health concern. Gontier has been not only the voice of the band, but arguably the group’s most recognizable face, as well. Given that the group had already committed to a co-headlining run with Shinedown this spring, it’s understandable that they would want to honor that commitment, but the question remains of whether or not it was the right decision. Our Readers Poll today asks whether or not you think Three Days Grace should continue without Gontier still part of the band. There are several schools of thought on this. One is that the band members have every right to want to continue to play their music and given Gontier’s sudden departure, to stop now would not offer themselves or the fans any sense of closure. Plus, at present, the group has only listed Walst’s participation as “temporary,” meaning a decision on whether or not to continue beyond their current tour is not a definite and these dates could either be their farewell or a springboard to a fresh start. However, It could also be argued that Gontier’s voice is indelibly tied to the band and by playing (or even potentially recording) without him, they risk altering how fans view their legacy. Then there’s the idea that maybe it’s too early to render a judgment as to whether this was the right decision to continue playing or not until Walst is given a chance to play for audiences and fans can have some time to sit with it. So what is your take on the Three Days Grace singer situation? Let us know your position by voting in the Readers Poll below: Sorry, you need to have javascript running to see this poll. [button href=”” title=”Previous Readers Poll: New Anthrax Guitarist” align=”center”]

Matt Walst Discusses His New Role as Singer of Three Days Grace + Status of My Darkest Days The rock world was definitely in shock earlier today (Jan. 9), learning that not only was Adam Gontier  exiting  his post as singer of  Three Days Grace , but that the band had already selected My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst to replace him on their upcoming tour. The questions began to arise about My Darkest Days’ future as well, given that the band just bade farewell to longtime guitarist Sal Costa earlier this week. Even though the group had stated they were starting work on a new album, the major news about Walst joining his brother Brad’s band obviously followed the earlier new music discussion. With that in mind, Walst has posted a new Facebook message attempting to clear up some of the confusion and discuss his motivations about his work with both bands. It reads as follows: WHAT A CRAZY WEEK It has been a very emotional week for myself and the members of My Darkest Days. With the departure of Sal from the band I have to say that it has felt like I have been on a rollercoaster and I am not sure where the end is. When you are on the road with some one for the length of time that we were, you form a bond just like any other relationship and when one person walks away it is only natural to feel a wide range of things from sadness to anger. That being said please know that Sal chose to leave My Darkest Days and although we are disappointed we wish him the best of luck in his new life and his new endeavors. With every down there is an up! I am very excited to have the opportunity to share the stage with my brother Brad and the rest of the members of Three Days Grace on their Transit of Venus Tour. As most of you are, I was just as shocked as you to find out about Adam’s departure from 3DG. When asked, I was unsure at first as Adam, Brad, Neil and Barry have all been such huge influences on my life musically and personally. After some thought and a few sleepless nights I accepted. It has always been a childhood dream to share the stage with my brother and I get that opportunity on this upcoming tour. Adam is an amazing Singer, Performer and Role-model and all I can do is try and fill some enormous shoes. I wish him well in his recovery and hope to see him grace the stage again soon. With all that has gone on this week I want to assure everyone that My Darkest Days is stronger then ever! My bandmates are very excited for me and I have their full support. We have completed some songs that we are very excited about and my brothers, Brendo, Dougie and lil Reidy will continue to write with me while I am on tour. We are looking forward to putting out our third album and hope you are as excited about it as we are! Last but most important of all I want to thank all of you who have supported My Darkest Days in the past and continue to support us in the future. For those that have been there from the beginning and have stuck by us we thank you with all our hearts. For those who have just joined us we thank you. For those about to rock, we salute you! Matt Walst As previously reported, Three Days Grace have signed on for two legs of a co-headlining tour with Shinedown . The trek launches Feb. 1 in Moline, Ill. and continues through the end of March. Matt Walst will serve as vocalist of Three Days Grace for the entire run. [button href=”” title=”Next: See Where Three Days Grace Are Touring” align=”center”]

Singer Adam Gontier Leaves Three Days Grace, Replaced by My Darkest Days’ Matt Walst

Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Shocker alert! Frontman Adam Gontier has resigned from  Three Days Grace  just weeks prior to their upcoming co-headlining tour with Shinedown. The band has replaced Gontier with My Darkest Days singer Matt Walst for the trek. A brief posting at the band’s website reveals that Gontier has left the group effective immediately citing a health issue for his exit. The band’s bassist, Brad Walst, stated in a press release, “We were surprised and distressed by Adam’s sudden departure. We are however very excited for this upcoming tour and to have my brother Matt stepping in as lead singer.” Three Days Grace, with Matt Walst on vocals, are still on schedule to kick off their co-headlining tour with Shinedown on Feb. 1 in Moline, Ill. At present, the tour runs through March 30 in Fargo, N.D. No further info was given as to the health issue that led to Gontier’s exit. The news comes as a major surprise, as Three Days Grace are one of rock radio’s most successful bands over the past decade, and recently scored a chart-topping single with ‘Chalk Outline’ off their latest album ‘Transit of Venus.’ They’re currently heating up radio again with their new single ‘The High Road.’ The move also puts My Darkest Days ‘ future in a different perspective. The band revealed just last week that guitarist Sal Costa had left the group , but that they were beginning work on their next studio album. With Matt Walst jumping over to Three Days Grace in Gontier’s absence, it is not known how that will affect My Darkest Days. Three Days Grace have also posted audio of Matt Walst performing with the group to give an idea of what the singer switch will sound like. Listen below: Listen to Matt Walst Performing With Three Days Grace [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch Three Days Grace Perform ‘Chalk Outline’ in the Studio” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Metallica, Slayer + More

Ethan Miller, Getty Images – Metallica ‘s Lars Ulrich gives some detail about the band’s upcoming 3D film and the progress of their next album. [ Loudwire ] – Slayer ‘s Dave Lombardo performs ‘Raining Blood’ with a metal mariachi band. [ Loudwire ] – Who should replace former guitarist Rob Caggiano for Anthrax ‘s next tour? We offer some suggestions and ask for your input in our latest Readers Poll. [ Loudwire ] – Former My Darkest Days guitarist Sal Costa explains his exit from the band. [ Loudwire ] – Ex- Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing is returning to music as a promoter. [ Loudwire ] – David Bowie surprised fans with news that a new album is en route. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – The Beatles are awesome. Led Zeppelin  are great. Now hear them together in a mash-up. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – The long dormant Postal Service are rumored to be reuniting for Coachella. [ ] – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion return with the video for ‘Bag of Bones.’ [ ]

Sal Costa Explains Exit From My Darkest Days

Island Def Jam My Darkest Days announced over the weekend that their guitarist Sal Costa (pictured at far right above) had left the band , but the musician’s exit actually dates back several months. With the news now out, the guitarist talked about the specifics of the split and why it took so long to reveal with Noisecreep . Costa explained that he actually left the band in October, but the decision to announce his departure was put on hold until everyone felt they were ready to proceed. He added, “Leaving a band isn’t easy. There are relationships from both the band, fans and people who work for you that you have to give an explanation to. I really wanted to sort out everything before any public announcements were made.” The mohawked musician says that even though he had prepared to leave for some time, he stayed on to play shows because he felt he owed it to the fans who paid their money to see the lineup as it was. He also stated that the group was still trying to sort out how they wanted to continue and he felt it would be unprofessional to leave them in a bad situation. As for why left, he explained, “When I think of a band, I think of a group of artists sitting in front of the same canvas painting different parts of the same scenery. I had felt for a long while that I was painting a different scene on a different canvas altogether. We were just not on the same page on many fronts. However, that is okay. Everyone is entitled to their own journey. That is the beauty of life. How can I tell my fans to follow their heart and dreams and then not do the same for myself? That would be hypocritical for me to stay.” Though the band has yet to name a replacement, they have stated in recent days that work has begun on their third studio album. Costa, meanwhile, is currently on his honeymoon after marrying his longtime girlfriend, and has yet to reveal his next musical project. [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch My Darkest Days’ ‘Save Yourself’ Lyric Video” align=”center”]