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New Found Glory Cancel Two Tour Dates Due to Family Emergency

New Found Glory
David Bean

New Found Glory

Guitarist Chad Gilbert explains to Billboard what spurred him to fly home.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with comments from Gilbert.

New Found Glory have been forced to cancel the final two dates on their From the Screen to Your Stereo to Your Town Tour due to a family emergency.

"Hey everyone, need your thoughts & prayers or whatever you do in tough times," guitarist Chad Gilbert wrote in a tweet on Sunday (Nov. 24). "I'm having to fly out quickly because of a family emergency. Because of this we will be unable to play the last 2 shows of the tour but plan to reschedule these dates as soon as possible. Family first with NFG. We love you all. Thank you for the support."

At press time, a spokesperson for the group had no additional information on when when, or if, the shows -- Nov. 25 at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. and tonight (Nov. 26) at the Saturn in Birmingham, AL -- will be rescheduled. In a statement to Billboard, Gilbert explained that the unexpected tour pause was due to an illness affecting his stepfather.

"My stepfather, Steve Mallonee, is a retired Miami Beach firefighter, loved and adored by many. After numerous years of heroic work, saving lives through fire and heavy smoke, he has developed a very fatal lunge disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis," Gilbert says. "While I was on the road, it started escalating at a rapid rate. Normally, I would have kept this more private. However, we wanted to give our fans a bit of insight into what happened and why we had to end this tour early. I’m so thankful for all of our fans and their incredible love and support."

The tour in support of the movie covers EP From The Screen To Your Stereo 3 kicked off on Nov. 2 at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 


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