UPDATE: Dance Gavin Dance has been removed from their upcoming tour with Coheed & Cambria. "After much internal conversation, we have decided to replace Dance Gavin Dance on the A Window Of The Waking Mind Tour," said Coheed in a statement. "We wish them healing and strength. We will be announcing a replacement in the coming days as we prepare for the release of Vaxis II and subsequent summer tour." The original story is as follows.
Dance Gavin Dance bassist Tim Feerick passed away in April. The band announced at the time they would play all their planned shows with Royal Coda bassist Sergio Medina filling in Feerick's spot, and that they would still release their new record Jackpot Juicer. Then a few days ago, Dance Gavin Dance announced vocalist Tilian Pearson would be stepping away from the band (for a currently-unknown period of time) after recent allegations of sexual misconduct.
Now in a new statement, Dance Gavin Dance is letting fans know that they're not going anywhere. The statement addresses the band's issue with Pearson, saying fans have a choice in what they support and listen to. The statement also makes clear that Dance Gavin Dance will continue on in light of everything happening, adding "we will continue with the album release, with the touring, and then after that, go work on the next one."
"We worked very hard on this album and are incredibly proud of it. We will start promoting its release again this week. There will be videos, promo photos, and upcoming magazine features with both Tim and Tilian. You have a choice in what you support, purchase and listen to. We hope that you still choose to support us.
"Dance Gavin Dance is a strong, resilient group-and though these past few months have broken our hearts and frustrated us to no end, we will continue with the album release, with the touring, and then after that, go work on the next one. We do it for the fans who appreciate it and because it's what we are all passionate about."
Dance Gavin Dance will hit the road this July, and will release their new record Jackpot Juicer on July 29.