Dance Gavin Dance said on Monday (April 18) that they would move forward with their planned Swanfest 2022 music festival this month, and ensuing U.S. tour this spring, while mourning the loss of their longtime bassist, Tim Feerick, who died on April 13.
“This past week has been the most challenging time in Dance Gavin Dance’s history,” the band stated. “On Thursday, April 14th, we found out that we had lost Tim.”
They continued, “While he was the bassist in the band, he was also out brother and best friend. Losing him is devastating. We were preparing to meet up this past weekend in Sacramento for a photoshoot and then rehearse this week ahead of Swanfest and the subsequent tour, when we heard the devastating news that he was no longer with us.”
Dance Gavin Dance added, “After the initial shock and sadness, it wasn’t long after that we were faced with some challenging decisions about the immediate future and our upcoming plans. After many internal discussions with our team and, most importantly, Tim’s family, we have decided to perform this year’s Swanfest and do the subsequent tour in honor and dedication to Tim. We will also move ahead with the announcement of our forthcoming album, later this week.”
Joining Dance Gavin Dance for the one-day Swanfest in Sacramento, Calif., on April 23 will be Animals as Leaders, Knocked Loose, Movements and many, many other bands. Their U.S. tour with Memphis May Fire and Volumes begins immediately thereafter.
Last Thursday (April 14), the California-based post-hardcore outfit shocked fans and followers when they revealed in a separate statement, “We are absolutely devastated to share the news that our friend and bass player, Tim Feerick, passed away last night.”
In response to an outpouring of fan support, Dance Gavin Dance vocalist Tilian Pearson replied, “I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me, so much. It actually really helps. The pain is unbearable but it gets better when someone wants to share it.” Dance Gavin Dance did not offer Feerick’s cause of death last week.
Feerick, who plays the bass guitar on Dance Gavin Dance’s latest album, last year’s Afterburner, had maintained membership in the group for the past decade after joining in 2009 but leaving the following year. He returned to the post-hardcore band in 2012, supplanting bassist Eric Lodge.
Dance Gavin Dance, Memphis May Fire, Volumes + Moon Tooth 2022 Tour
April 23 — Sacramento, Calif. @ SWANFEST @ Heart Health Park
April 26 — Spokane, Wash. @ Knitting Factory
April 27 — Boise, Idaho @ Revolution
April 29 — Wichita, Kan. @ Cotillion
April 30 — Omaha, Neb. @ The Admiral
May 01 — Des Moines, Iowa @ Val Air
May 03 — Ft Wayne, Ind. @ Pierre’s
May 04 — Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora
May 06 — Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Intersection
May 07 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Ballroom @ The Rave
May 09 — Rochester, N.Y. @ Main Street Armory
May 10 — Albany, N.Y. @ Empire Live
May 11 — Hartford, Ct. @ Webster Theater
May 13 — Richmond, Va. @ The National
May 14 — Raleigh, N.C. @ The Ritz
May 15 — Columbia, S.C. @ The Senate
May 17 — Ponte Vedra, Fla. @ Concert Hall
May 19 — Knoxville, Tenn. @ Knoxville Auditorium
May 20 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Sloss Furnaces
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