Former Nirvana and current Melvins drummer Dale Crover is set to pull from the band’s tour with Boris and Mr. Phylyzzz as he is scheduled to undergo emergency spinal surgery. Filling in for him will be former Melvins drummer Coady Willis (Big Business, High on Fire), who played with the band between 2006 and 2016.
Earlier today, Melvins released the following statement via social media:
“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. Phylyzzz 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.”
Melvins ‘ “Twins Of Evil” tour with Boris and Mr. Phylyzzz will kick off on August 24 at the Belasco in Los Angeles. The seven-week tour will see the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Washington band Melvins and the Japanese trio Boris performing classic albums in their entirety: “Bullhead” (Melvins) and “Heavy Rocks” (Boris).