Godsmack guitarist Tony Rombola’s son, Joe Fay, has passed away at the age of 34. Godsmack have decided to postpone their fall European tour, which was set to kick off on October 29th in Sweden.
Rombola's most recent performance with the band was at this past weekend's Aftershock Festival, which was also the band's final North American tour date of the year. It looks like Joe passed away last week, based on a statement by Godsmack frontman Sully Erna, so Tony toughed it out for a pretty important gig for the band.
“With my deepest regrets, and on behalf of our guitarist Tony and his wife Sue, I am personally writing this message to all of our fans worldwide to inform you that Tony and his family have suffered a loss that no parent should ever have to endure.
Tony and Sue’s son Joe Fay passed away last week, unexpectedly, at the young age of 34. He was one of the kindest and most humble guys I had ever met. And most importantly, he was a FAN. Just like all of you. He literally lived the success of Godsmack through his Dad. He was always so excited and proud just to be around all of us, and we will all miss him deeply.
As we await more information on how this happened, we humbly ask that you respect Tony and his family’s privacy as they take time to process this and heal.
We appreciate all of your patience, prayers and support in this very trying time. And I promise you, we ARE coming back bigger and stronger in the beginning of 2019, and we WILL honor all of these tour dates in Europe and across this globe. So be ready!”
Our condolences go out to the Rombola family.
Here are the affected dates:
10/29 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset
10/30 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
11/01 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Grey Hall
11/02 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks
11/04 – Birmingham, GB @ Institute
11/05 – Manchester, GB @ Ritz
11/07 – London, GB @ Forum
11/08 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melweg
11/11 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
11/12 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
11/14 – Zurich, CH @ Komplex
11/16 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmattazz 2
11/18 – Milan, IT @ Magazzini, Generalli
11/19 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
11/20 – Vienna, AT @ Arena Wien
11/22 – Warsaw, PO @ Progresja
11/24 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Music Club
11/26 – Bucharest, RO @ Arenele Romane
11/27 – Sofia, BG @ Arena Armeec Sofia