Amity Affliction Drummer Exits European Tour Amid Mental Health Issues
Amity Affliction will be minus one familiar member when they continue their "This Could Be Heartbreak" tour in the U.K. and Europe. The band has revealed that drummer Ryan Burt is stepping away from the group to address some ongoing mental health issues.
The band posted a statement on the matter in which they state that it was determined that the best course of action was for Burt to get treatment and that their drummer's health was their main priority. The band has chosen Casey McHale to sit on drums during Burt's absence. Their full post on the matter can be read below:
We are sad to announce that Ryan will not be performing on any further shows on the This Could Be Heartbreak UK / European headline tour.
Ryan has recently been battling some ongoing mental demons, and as a group of friends who have had to deal with mental health issues in one way or another, all four of us knew that the best course of action was for him to take the time to go home and get some professional support. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it is the right one. Our priority at this point is Ryan’s health, and that will always come first.
The shows themselves will all continue as planned, with Casey McHale filling in on drums. He’s an amazing musician and a great friend of both Ryan and the band, and we know we can rely on him to deliver the show you all deserve to see.
We ask that everyone respect Ryan’s privacy while he’s getting better.
If you need someone to talk to regarding mental health, please don’t hesitate to seek help from someone who is properly trained and qualified.
Burt joined Amity Affliction in 2008 and has appeared on all five of their studio albums. The band is currently supporting their This Could Be Heartbreak album, which has already yielded the singles "I Bring the Weather With Me," "All F--ked Up," and the title track. Dates for their current touring can be found here. We send our best wishes and positive thoughts to Ryan Burt and the members of Amity Affliction.