Last week, we reported that Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bitner was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. He went into surgery immediately and was hopeful he wouldn't have to miss any dates on the band's current tour with God Forbid and Thy Will Be Done. Turns out that won't be the case, as the band cancelled all shows this week. Here is what Bitner had to say:
"For those who may not know, I was diagnosed last week with acute pancreatitis.
"For most of the last Shadows Fall tour, I was in a lot of abdominal pain, which I figured was either food poisoning or a stomach bug. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a little more serious than that.
"After a trip to the ER last Monday, I received the diagnosis and some pain treatment.
"That being said, it pains me to say that due to doctor's orders, I am not cleared (nor do I even feel like I could pick up a stick) to begin touring until after I see the specialist and my blood work is back to normal.
"I apologize to the fans, 'cause it kills me to not be there, but my health comes first and I need to recuperate in order to return 110%."
Here are the affected dates:
November 08 – Fayetteville, NC – The Norva
November 09 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
November 10 – Charleston, SC – Ground Zero
November 11 – Jacksonville, FL – The Roc Bar