Shinedown will be without drummer Barry Kerch as they return to the road as he has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated.
Kerch recorded a video that was shared to Shinedown’s Instagram where he says, “In the 20 years of Shinedown, I have never missed a show — until now. I regret to say that I, unfortunately, during rehearsals, contracted COVID. And before you get all crazy on me, I got fully vaxxed in April. I followed all the rules — wore masks, washed my hands, et cetera. Unfortunately, I’m one of those ones that got it even though I was vaxxed.”
He adds, “So, unfortunately, I’m still testing positive. I’m quarantined. My health is good, which is good news. I’ve had symptoms, but I’m okay, and I will be okay. But until I finish my quarantine and test’s negative, I’m stuck in these four walls. I can’t risk it for my band and my crew; they’re all doing fine.”
Kerch concludes, “That being said, woe is me — move on. The shows are still gonna happen. Our good friend Dustin Steinke — you might remember him from a wonderful band called Sixx:A.M. — he’s gonna be filling in for me. And he’s gonna kick ass, and the band’s gonna kick ass. And I’m happy that the shows can continue on. And as soon as I’m healthy and able, I’ll get back out there. So that’s the news, folks. Till next time.”
Shinedown’s next show is tonight (August 6) at the Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre in Mount Pleasant, Mich. A full tour itinerary can be viewed at Shinedown.com.