Amity Affliction's Burt leaves tour to tackle 'mental demons'

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The Amity Affliction’s drummer Ryan Burt has left the band’s European tour to deal with “ongoing mental demons.”

Burt will be replaced by former Funeral For A Friend man Casey McHale for the remainder of The Amity Affliction’s UK and European dates.

The band say: “We are sad to announce that Ryan will not be performing on any further shows on the This Could Be Heartbreak UK and 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.”

They confirm the tour will continue, saying: “Casey is 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.”

The Australian outfit’s fifth studio album This Could Be Heartbreak launched in August via Roadrunner Records.

The Amity Affliction tour dates 2016⁄17

Dec 08: Glasgow O2 ABC, UK
Dec 09: Birmingham Institute, UK
Dec 10: Norwich Waterfront, UK
Dec 11: Amsterdam Melkweg, Netherlands
Dec 13: Stockholm Fryshuset, Sweden
Dec 14: Copenhagen Pumpehusey, Denmark
Dec 15: Berlin Astra, Germany
Dec 16: Munchen Backstage, Germany
Dec 17: Vienna Arena, Austria
Dec 18: Karlsruhe Knockdown Fest, Germany
Dec 19: Solothurn Kofmehl, Switzerland
Dec 20: Lyon CCO, France
Dec 21: Barcelona Razzmatazz, Spain
Dec 22: Madrid Sala Arena, Spain
Dec 31: Red Hill Auditorium, Australia
Jan 02: Adelaide HQ, Australia
Jan 18: Cairns The Jack, Australia
Jan 19: Garbutt Dalrymple Hotel, Australia
Jan 20: Gympie Civic Centre, Australia
Jan 21: Sunshine Coast Lake Kawana, Australia
Jan 22: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Australia
Jan 25: Coffs Harbour Cex, Australia
Jan 26: Callaghan Bar On The Hill, Australia
Jan 27: Fairy Meadow Waves, Australia
Jan 28: Canberra Anu Bar, Australia
Feb 02: Frankston Chelsea Heights Hotel, Australia
Feb 03: Geelong Vic The Arena, Australia
Feb 04: Hobart University, Australia

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