To Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage – Break The Silence
UPDATE 3/26/10: We have more on Sara Dunmoyer (aka Allie Foster) no-showing our show here.
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Killswitch Engage lead singer Howard Jones dropped out of their current tour with Dark Tranquility a few weeks ago under somewhat mysterious circumstances. On February 9th, the band issued the following statement on their MySpace page:
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Howard Jones is leaving the band’s current headlining tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquility due to unforeseen circumstances. All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte will be filling in for Jones for a few shows in the interim, until the KsE guys can determine what the plan will be for the remaining tour dates, which are currently scheduled to run through the end of March.
This is not your standard press release, citing family or medical emergency. For the lead singer to exit a major tour that is well underway is no small deal. The band really saved themselves in drafting Phil Labonte of All That Remains, who is a fellow Massachusetts native and a hell of a vocalist in his own right. The guys are friends, their bands share the same fan base, and they won’t have to immediately cancel shows, so it was a wise decision. However, it became glaringly obvious to the Killswitch guys that Howard Jones wasn’t going to be able to return anytime soon and released the following statement on February 17th:
“It became overwhelmingly obvious to all of us around Howard that he is in no condition to be on tour right now and that he needed to get off the road and get himself better. It’s a personal matter and while we understand everyone’s curiosity and concern for Howard and the band, we appreciate everyone respecting Howard’s privacy at this time.”
As it turns out, the Phil Labonte Killswitch shows have been a resounding success and the fans have reportedly been loving the shows. The guys have playfully dubbed the project “Philswitch Engage” and the tour has been rolling on as scheduled. If you haven’t caught any of the shows, please check out some of the clips from YouTube and see for yourself:
I have to admit that based on these clips, Labonte has done a fine job filling for Jones on this tour. We’d love to hear from anyone who has been to these shows, so if you have been to a Philswitch Engage show, please comment the article or send us an email.
The truth of Howard Jones’ absence was made public over the weekend when reported by Theprp. Howard Jones, who is a married man, impregnated Allie Foster, a p*rn star who has been carrying their child for several weeks. She has been tweeting all the details here so you can read all about her side of it there. If this is true, I have no idea why Jones would need to drop off the tour, you’d think he’d need to keep working, but the fact is we don’t know all the details.
I really don’t want to see All Knowing Force become a gossip site, a la TMZ or anything, but I have one piece of advice for Howard Jones: don’t make the same mistake that Tiger Woods made last year. Make a statement ASAP, clarify the situation, and do not allow the rumors and hearsay to fester and get out of control. Silence is deadly here. If you did indeed get the girl pregnant, please do the responsible thing and take care of the child. Apologize to your wife, pray she forgives you, and get back to work. You’re a great frontman and your fans are more interested in the music than your personal life.