Philly punk-rockers Modern Baseball have this morning posted to Facebook the unfortunate news that their upcoming trip to Australia for Poison City Weekender has been cancelled, with frontman Brendan Lukens opening up on dealing with anxiety and depression.
In the bravely honest statement, Brendan has said “I’ve spent most of my life struggling with anxiety and depression, and after the last few months it’s evident that it’s time to put everything else aside to focus on making steps towards positive mental health.”
“Like I said before, thank you to everyone who has been so understanding through all of this, the continuous support Modern Baseball and myself have received since 2011 is so amazing; and I (we) could never thank you all enough,” he continues. “We promise to make it to the UK and Australia soon, until then keep doing what you’re doing.”
Speaking to Music Feeds last week, Brendan spoke of the difficulties of constantly touring, telling us “The Wonder Years tour for example, the first one we did, I think we were like, “Man, that tour was really long.” And we got home and then we did another one that was like eight weeks straight and we were like, “Okay – THAT was a really long tour” and then we got home again and continued doing the same thing.”
“I think everyone’s starting to deal with it better and better and we’re starting to find ways around it. But yeah, everyone’s – we’re getting there.”
Whilst Brendan’s baring of his depression comes as a surprise to many of his fans, as a role model to many it’s wonderful to hear that he is being so honest about it and taking time out to get better.
Poison City has released a statement on the tour, updating with “All planned co-headline shows with Iron Chic will still be happening with replacement from Self Defense Family, Apart From This and Postblue on various dates. Optional ticket refunds for select dates will be available from point of purchase.” Head here for all the deets.
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