The Amity Affliction vocalist Joel Birch was sidelined for a leg of the upcoming Warped Tour shows in North America after falling ill. It’s been reported that Birch was hospitalised but, understanding the show must go on, the band have enlisted the help of some of their brothers in arms to carry the slack.
Though it hasn’t been revealed what happened to Birch, management have confirmed to theMusic that he spent the night in a Pittsburgh hospital and there are “high hopes” he will be back on deck in time for the upcoming Detroit show.
Birch missed out on the band’s Pittsburgh show, but good guys Sam Carter from Architects and Letlive’s Jason Aalon Butler stopped by to help out on the vox. The band warned fans well in advance via Facebook, encouraging them to help their latest temp members out: “It will be a bit like Amity Karaoke so you’ll have to scream along with them!”
This has been a fairly drama-filled Warped tour for the Amity boys. Earlier on during the Portland leg, drummer Ryan Bert almost lost an eye after a fragment of broken drumstick hit him, which was followed by news of beef between Birch and Memphis May Fire vocalist Matty Mullins. Here’s hoping they make it back in time for their upcoming Australian tour in one piece.
Check out the statement from the band, as well as photographic evidence, below.
Watch: Joel Birch calls out Matty Mullins onstage
Apologies for having to pull out of our show in Pittsburgh, Joel was pretty unwell! He still won’t be right to go by tomorrow but thanks to our bros, Sam from ARCHITECTS and Chris from Like Moths to Flames, we will be good to go for Cleveland. It will be a bit like Amity Karaoke so you’ll have to scream along with them! We hope to have Joel back for Detroit! Once again sorry to everyone who missed seeing us today. Promise we will come back to Pittsburgh soon!”
LIVE: The Amity Affliction Vocalist Joel Birch hospitalized. Sam (Architects)& Jason(letlive.) filling in. pic.twitter.com/r5RMltZ1fE
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