BTBAM drummer Blake explains stage walk-off

Between The Buried And Me drummer Blake Richardson has apologised after he walked off stage during the band’s set in Salt Lake City on Monday night.

They’re on tour supporting latest release Coma Ecliptic – which gave them their highest-ever chart placement when it launched last month.

Richardson says: “I’ve been battling with a nerve issue in my left leg this entire tour. The pain in my leg, coupled with a night full of technical difficulties, caused me to lash out in frustration towards the end of the set.

“It was inappropriate, unprofessional, and extremely regrettable.

“In my 11 years of touring I have never acted in that manner. I hope that those who were in attendance can forgive my actions.”

The band were forced to leave the stage but returned to finish the show.

Richardson says he’ll honour the remaining dates on the tour, and adds: “My playing may not be 100% but we figure that a BTBAM show is better than no BTBAM show. I appreciate the support from our fans, bandmates, crew and tour mates.”

The band will return to the UK and Europe in September with support from Haken. They’re feature in the latest edition of Prog, out now in print, digital and via TeamRock+.

Between The Buried And Me: The Dream Within A Dream

Between The Buried And Me tour dates

Jul 30: Joliet Mojoes, IL Jul 31: Columbus Newport Music Hall, OH Aug 01: Grand Rapids The Intersection, MI Aug 02: Bloomington Castle Theatre, IL Aug 04: London Music Hall, ON Aug 05: Montreal Club Soda, QC Aug 06: Buffalo Town Ballroom, NY Aug 07: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA Aug 08: Norfolk The Norva, VA Aug 09: Wilmington Ziggys By The Sea, NC Aug 11: Clifton Park Upstate Concert Hall, NY Aug 12: Providence Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, RI Aug 13: Sayreville Starland Ballroom, NJ Aug 14: Winston Salem Ziggys, NC Aug 15: Nashville Marathon Music Works, TN Sep 16: Southampton Talking Heads, UK Sep 17: London Electric Ballroom, UK Sep 18: Manchester Gorilla, UK Sep 19: Glasgow The Garage, UK Sep 20: Leeds The Key Club, UK Sep 22: Nottingham Rescue Rooms, UK Sep 23: Brighton The Haunt, UK Sep 25: Paris La Maroquinerie, France Sep 26: Brussels Magasin 4, Belgium Sep 27: Amsterdam Melkweg Oude Zaal, Netherlands Sep 28: Hamburg Logo, Germany Sep 29: Berlin magnet, Germany Sep 30: Munich Backstage Club, Germany Oct 01: Cologne Euroblast Festival, Germany Oct 03: Kobenhavn Lille Vega, Denmark Oct 04: Gothernburg Sticky Fingers, Sweden Oct 05: Oslo John Dee, Norway Oct 06: Stockholm Klubben, Sweden Oct 08: Helsinki Tavastia, Finland

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