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Melvins drummer Dale Crover to miss tour due to spinal surgery

Author Flavia Andrade - 24.8.2023

Melvins‘ Twins of Evil tour will go on, in spite of drummer Dale Crover’s spinal surgery. 

Crover found out that he needed emergency surgery just before the beginning of the trek. The recovery process will keep him off the stage for many months. Nonetheless, the band will be able to count on Coady Willis to step in as the drummer while Crover is away. 

Although the band is facing this challenge, they are determined to honour their commitments and go ahead with the tour as scheduled.

The band shared a statement:

Melvins dedicate Twins of Evil tour to Dale Crover as he prepares for spinal surgery. 

We are sad to announce that literally days before leaving on tour, our drummer Dale Crover learned he needed immediate emergency spinal surgery, which will take him out of commission for months. He’s doing as well as can be expected considering the severity of the situation.

The one stroke of luck in all this was that Coady Willis – part of the Melvins’ family for 8+ years, who literally trained in sitting by Dale’s side on too many tours to count – is able to step in and take over on drums.

With Mr. Phylzzz already on the road heading to L.A. from Chicago and Boris flying in from Japan, we all felt we needed to support Dale and the other bands on the bill, as well as the ticket holders, by continuing with the tour as scheduled.

We ask everyone’s solidarity during this dark time. Obviously, our primary concern right now is Dale’s health, and we’re doing everything possible on our end to make sure he gets what he needs to make a full recovery.

You can check out Melvins‘ original statement below: