The Official Statement:
Dear fans of Eluveitie,
It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that Chrigel will not be able to join us on our upcoming North American tour due to a family emergency. Chrigel has had to make the difficult decision to stay at home and take care of certain matters, and we fully support him in this time of need.
This decision was made at the very last minute, which is why we are only able to announce it today, on the day of our first show. We understand that this news may come as a surprise, and we apologize for any inconvenience it may cause. However, we want to assure you that we are fully prepared to deliver a one-of-a-kind Eluveitie set, with Fabi taking the lead and showcasing her incredible talents.
In addition to Fabi, we are excited to announce that we will be joined by two amazing guest performers: Adrienne Cowan from Seven Spires and Jukka Pelkonen from Omnium Gatherum. They will be taking over Chrigel’s part, and we are confident that they will do an incredible job.
“If I’m honest, I don’t even know what to say, really. Sometimes life has its ways to put your feet back on the ground for sure, sometimes even your fucking face. We all have been waiting for this North American tour so badly. And now this. I can hardly believe this is happening. Due to a serious family emergency I am forced to stay at home and to not be part of this tour.
We literally had few hours only to consider things carefully, to find solutions and make final decisions. Well, we’ve decided that cancelling this tour on such short notice is not an option. We couldn’t do this to you, our loyal fans, nor to the two amazing bands supporting this tour.
So this will be the first Eluveitie tour without myself in our entire history. As much as it feels hard to see things positively in this case, this is still an amazing example of how much the worldwide metal community is a fucking family, standing together like no one else: Jukka from Omnium Gatherum and Adrienne from Seven Spires declared themselves ready to comply with Eluveitie and to step in for myself – even on such a crazy short notice, which is unbelievable. I cannot express how thankful I am. And impressed.
Nonetheless this feels weird, bizarre and I don’t know what. It might take some time to wrap my head around this.
But still I am sure that ‘my’ girls and guys will rock it hard, together with Omnium Gatherum and Seven Spires; I’m sure that this will still be an amazing tour and that you all will celebrate quite some unforgettable nights!
Take care you all! Love you!”
While we will miss having Chrigel with us on this tour, we made sure to be able to put on an unforgettable show for our fans. We hope that you will join us in supporting Chrigel and his family during this difficult time, and we look forward to seeing you at our shows.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support!
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