Killswitch Engage’s Joel Stroetzel Leaves Tour Over Family Emergency
Killswitch Engage are at the tail of their European tour and they'll be finishing it up without guitarist Joel Stroetzel. He left the run due to a family emergency and the band's production/stage manager is filling in.
The news broke on Killswitch's Instagram page, where they posted a story (no longer available after the 24-hour expiration window) showing production/stage manager Josh Mihlek sitting in front of a computer, guitar in hand.
"Due to a family emergency Joel had to leave the tour and head home. The next two shows our brother and production/stage manager legend @the_josh will be filling in for a few songs," wrote the band.
With Mihlek not playing the full show, it has left the group to perform some tracks as a four-piece. Only two shows remained on the trek supporting Parkway Drive, one in Vienna, Austria and the other in Prague, Czech Republic. The Vienna show is in the books and footage of Killswitch playing "Rose of Sharyn" can be viewed below.
In late December, Killswitch Engage confirmed they have finished recording their eighth studio album and follow-up to 2016's Incarnate. They'll hit North America on a co-headlining trek with Parkway Drive and those stops can be seen below.
Killswitch Engage / Parkway Drive "Collapse the World" 2019 Tour
April 18 — San Francisco, Calif. @ Warfield Theatre*
April 19 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Palladium**
April 20 — Mesa, Ariz. @ 98 KUPD - Ufest***
April 22 — Colorado Springs, Colo. @ City Auditorium**
April 23 — Wichita, Kan. @ Cotillion Ballroom*
April 24 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Diamond Ballroom**
April 26 — Dallas, Texas @ South Side Ballroom*
April 27 — Austin, Texas @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater**
April 28 — Houston, Texas @ So What?! Music Festival***
April 30 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Uptown Theater**
May 1 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*
May 3 — Jacksonville, Fla. @ Welcome to Rockville^^
May 4 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Tabernacle**
May 5 — Nashville, Tenn. @ War Memorial Auditorium*
May 7 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. @ The Rapids Theatre**
May 9 — New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5*
May 10 — New Haven, Ct. @ College Street Music Hall*
May 11 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Franklin Music Hall (Outdoors)**
May 12 — Rockingham, N.C. @ Epicenter^^
May 12 — Myrtle Beach, S.C. @ House of Blues^
May 14 — Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore Silver Spring*
May 15 — Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore Detroit**
May 16 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Club Stage*
May 17-19 — Columbus, Ohio @ Sonic Temple***
*Killswitch Engage Closes Show
**Parkway Drive Closes Show
^^Festival — KsE Only
^Parkway Drive only
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