AS I LAY DYING has brought drummer Nick Pierce (ex-UNEARTH) into the fold to sit behind the kit for the band’s upcoming tour dates.
Yesterday (June 10), AS I LAY DYING released the following statement via social media: “We are pleased to announce that Nick Pierce, formerly of UNEARTH, will be playing drums for AILD this tour.
“We’ve toured with Nick many times over the years so we’re stoked to have not only a long time friend out with us, but a phenomenal musician. The level of precision and power in Nick Pierce‘s playing has taken our songs to a whole new level.
“Nick had the task of learning 20 songs in a limited amount of time and he nearly played the entire set flawlessly at our first rehearsal. It’s been inspiring to witness his dedication and strong work ethic to keep AILD performing at the standard our fans expect from us.
“We are just pulling up into Las Vegas for night 1 of the ‘The Decades of Destruction Tour‘, we can’t wait to perform and see our fans again!”
This past Thursday, longtime AS I LAY DYING drummer Jordan Mancino announced that he would not be participating in the group’s upcoming tour due to “a number of ongoing internal issues” that “have not yet been resolved.” Mancino released a statement via social media, saying: “To all of our fans, my friends, family and supporters within the industry. There have been a number of ongoing internal issues with AS I LAY DYING that need to be worked out. It was my wish to avoid any further touring until these issues were resolved. Since they have not yet been resolved, it is with a heavy heart that I announce I will not be performing on any upcoming tour dates until further notice. Thanks to all of you for your understanding.”
Mancino’s announcement comes less than a month after AS I LAY DYING bassist/vocalist Josh Gilbert revealed that he was splitting from the group. In an official statement, the remaining members of AS I LAY DYING said that Gilbert “decided to exit” the group “to pursue other musical opportunities.” Josh is being replaced on the road by Ryan Neff of MISS MAY I. Playing second guitar on the trek will be Ken Susi of UNEARTH.
Last August, guitarist Nick Hipa walked away from AS I LAY DYING as well explaining that he could no longer justify being part of “a superficial pursuit” of the “story and meaning” that the band’s 2018 reunion was built upon.
AS I LAY DYING kick off the U.S. leg of the “Two Decades Of Destruction” tour tonight (Friday, June 10) in Las Vegas. Also joining AS I LAY DYING for the trek is WHITECHAPEL, SHADOW OF INTENT, BRAND OF SACRIFICE (June 24-July 17),and OV SULFUR (June 10-23).