As far as Rock Sins is concerned very sad news broke from the Shadows Fall camp last week that the Hell On Earth Tour, of which Shadows Fall are currently appearing on across Europe as special guests to Unearth, is to be the Massachusetts natives last major trip to the UK and Europe.
The Hell On Earth Tour arrives in the UK tomorrow (September 2nd) for a date at Hobo’s in Bridgend (Wales), before moving on to Derby and then London’s famous Camden Town Underworld on Thursday for the last of the three shows. Full confirmation of the tour dates can be found below:
Hell On Earth Tour September 2014 featuring Unearth, Shadows Fall, The Acacia Strain, War Of Ages & Pay No Respect
2nd – Hobos – Bridgend, Wales
3rd – Hairy Dog – Derby, England
4th – Camden Town Underworld – London, England
Tickets for the tour are priced at £15-£20 plus fees and can be obtained from www.seetickets.com. Alternatively please contact the venues directly.
The full statement from Shadows Fall regarding their future plans can be read in full below:
Massachusetts metal band Shadows Fall will embark on their final European tour in less than a week. The “Hell on Earth” tour will begin in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 29 and runs until Sept. 14. The tour also features Unearth, The Acacia Strain and War of Ages. The band has been touring non-stop for over a decade and has decided that it’s time to “take a hiatus” from future extensive touring. In addition to this upcoming European run, Shadows Fall are planning a final North American tour and will possibly visit a few other territories some time over the next year. We will post details once everything is locked in.
There are many factors that are behind this difficult decision that the band has been dealing with for some time now. In a nutshell it comes down to families, member availability, and finances. Further impacting our decision is the fact that we have two members with young children. Plain and simple, they want to be with their families to watch their kids grow. Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made. Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in Anthrax, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup. Due to his obligations with Anthrax, he will not be able to join us on this European tour. Felipe Roa will once again fill Jon’s position and we are thankful to him for joining us on this run. Also returning for this tour is original bassist Paul Romanko who has sat out from touring for the last two years to raise his son.
This has been a real hard decision for all of us to make but we feel at this time this is the right thing to do. We don’t hate each other, we’re not bitter, we in fact still have a really great time together, but the ride has slowed down and it’s time for the next chapters in our lives, whatever that may be. We can’t thank the fans that have supported Shadows Fall since the beginning enough. Without you, none of this would have been possible. For the past decade and a half, we have been able to create the music we have always wanted to hear and share it with music fans everywhere. That being said, you still may see us at a festival or two over the next few years…if they ask, we will come! In the meantime please check out the dates for the last European go around and we will see you out there!
So quite frankly, we’re a bit gutted. Hopefully the likes of Andy Copping will get them back to Download or Sonisphere in the future but for now this week is everyone’s last chance to see Shadows Fall in the UK with the real possibility they may never return – so get along to a show and enjoy them one last time. Any further updates from the Shadows Fall camp will be reported here in due course. You can also follow Shadows Fall on Twitter at @shadowsfallband.