Just a few days after Slaves played what was thought to be their final show, the band’s infamous frontman Jonny Craig has issued a statement letting people know that things have been rough lately.
For years I have fought hard to escape my past and everything that comes with it. I have continually gotten clean, and then fallen right back into the same ruts. As most of you are aware…I have a problem: I am an addict. I have entered rehab twice. I have sought help multiple times. It just keeps happening. My choices and my struggles have cost me many things: relationships, loved ones, friends, bands, and much more. For letting any of you down, I’m truly sorry.
This is an open letter to everyone to let you know I’m struggling. No excuses. I want you, the fans, to know that I’m doing my best to get through these current tours. I will try my best to stay clean and finish these. To help get me back on track I am going back on the medicine I was on for 4 years that helped me stay clean. After the U.S. solo tour and the European Slaves dates (with select members), I am going to take some time and get the help I really need. I am also going to take money from the solo tour to put towards the help I need. I know it’s not optimal for my health to be out on the road, but I really want to finish these tours for you guys.
So to set the record straight, it looks like Craig will try to keep Slaves going with bassist Colin Vieira. The band will have fill-in members for a trek overseas in June, which kicks off at Download Festival in Derby, UK.
Before that tour, Craig will be going on US run with Tilian and Kurt Travis.
Jonny Craig tour dates:
Apr 22 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
Apr 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
Apr 24 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Voodoo Room
Apr 25 Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
Apr 27 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Apr 28 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
Apr 29 Houston, TX @ Studio at Warehouse Live
Apr 30 San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
May 02 St Peterburg, FL @ Local 662
May 03 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
May 04 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
May 05 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
May 06 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
May 07 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
May 08 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
May 09 Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
May 10 Berwyn, IL @ The Wire
May 11 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
May 12 Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
May 14 Las Vegas, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall
May 15 Fresno, CA @ Strummers
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