On Wednesday morning, August 23rd, an unexpected update was posted on Melvins’ Facebook page: Dale Crover, the renowned drummer of the band, will not be joining the upcoming “Twins of Evil” tour with Boris. The reason? Crover needs to undergo emergency spinal surgery.
Coady Willis has been chosen to step in for Crover during the tour. This is not Willis’ first time with the Melvins, as he played drums for them from 2006 to 2015. Besides his tenure with Melvins, Willis boasts an impressive musical history, having been a member of Big Business and also having played with High on Fire.
The “Twins of Evil” tour is set to commence in less than a day, with its first show scheduled for Thursday, August 24th, in Los Angeles.
In a heartfelt gesture, the Melvins have dedicated the “Twins of Evil” tour to Crover. The tour promises to be a treat for fans, as it features the Melvins and the Japanese band Boris, performing classic albums in their entirety. The albums highlighted are “Bullhead” by Melvins and “Heavy Rocks” by Boris.
Dale Crover’s contribution to the music industry, particularly with Melvins, is irreplaceable. Fans and well-wishers from around the globe send their best hopes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Meanwhile, the presence of Coady Willis promises to deliver a memorable experience for those attending the upcoming shows.
Read the band’s full statement below:
“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.”