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"I didn't go into this last tour with the intention of it being my last one, but it indeed was."

Kevin Boutot
Photo via Boutot's Instagram

The Acacia Strain and drummer Kevin Boutot have parted ways. Boutot joined The Acacia Strain in 2005 as a replacement for original drummer Ben Abert, and played for the band until the finale of their most recent tour.

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"I didn't go into this last tour with the intention of it being my last one, but it indeed was," said Boutot. "I played what will possibly be my last show with The Acacia Strain last night in Kitchener, Ontario. I couldn't have asked for a better send off, that show was WILD! I don't think I can put how grateful I am for the life I lived touring the world the last 20 years into words. It's just not possible.

"All I can say is thank you. THANK YOU. To my band mates, current and past, I love you all. The fans, I'll never forget all of you. To anyone that booked us and worked behind the scenes to make it all happen, thank you. I will say that this is not the end of me, I'll still be playing as much as I can, doing various projects and just MAYBE an occasional show with TAS here and there. Until then, I'll be home focusing on what's most important in life. My family. Once again, thank you everyone. I'll cherish the memories I made touring as long as I live."

The Acacia Strain has not yet commented on Boutot's departure, though bassist Griffin Landa did offer the following in the comments section: "My brother, I love you! It has truly been an honor trying to match up my playing to your extremely precise drumming every day."

The Acacia Strain has a boatload of tour dates coming up, all of which you can get tickets for here.

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w/ Lamb Of God

8/10 Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont
8/14 St. Louis, MO – The Factory
8/18 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater (w/ Ice Nine Kills)
8/21 Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion (w/ Frozen Soul)
8/25 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort (w/ Suicide Silence)
8/27 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium (w/ Suicide Silence)
8/30 Flagstaff, AZ – Pepsi Amphitheater (w/ Ice Nine Kills)

w/ Escuela Grind & No Cure

8/11 Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedraft’s (w/ Pain Of Truth)

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w/ Escuela Grind, Mugshot & No Cure

8/13 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
8/15 Springfield, MO – The Riff
8/16 Memphis, TN – Growlers
8/17 Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Live
8/19 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box

w/ Mugshot & No Cure

8/23 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

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w/ Momentum, Mugshot & No Cure

8/26 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
8/28 Bakersfield, CA – 1933
8/29 Yuma, AZ – at Red Moon Ale House

w/ Judiciary, Mugshot & No Cure

9/1 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse
9/2 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe

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w/ Lorna Shore & I AM

9/3 Wichita, KS – TempleLive
9/5 Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
9/6 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
9/7 Greenville, SC – The Foundry at Judson Mill

w/ Foreign Hands, Mugshot & No Cure

9/9 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street
9/10 Atlantic City, NJ – Anchor Rock Club

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w/ Dying Wish & Volatile Ways

9/21 Brisbane, AUS – The Zoo
9/22 Newcastle, AUS – Hamilton Station Hotel
9/23 Sydney, AUS – Crowbar
9/24 Penrith, AUS – Tattersalls Hotel
9/26 Canberra, AUS – UC Hub
9/27 Melbourne, AUS – Stay Gold
9/28 Geelong, AUS – Barwon Club Hotel
9/29 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
9/30 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar (no Volatile Ways)

w/ Dying Fetus, Despised Icon, Creeping Death & Tactosa

10/17 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
10/19 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
10/20 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
10/21 Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
10/22 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/24 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
10/26 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/28 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
10/30 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/31 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
110/1 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
110/2 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco
110/3 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
110/4 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
110/5 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
110/7 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
110/9 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
110/10 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
110/11 Minneapolis, MN – The Lyric at Skyway
110/12 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
110/13 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
110/14 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
110/15 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
110/17 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
110/18 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

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