NewsDecember 7, 2016 10:11 AM ET4,782 views

The Amity Affliction drummer leaves tour

The Amity Affliction drummer Ryan Burt has left the band's current tour deal with "ongoing mental demons." His bandmates have issued the following statement:
"We are sad to announce that Ryan will not be performing on any further shows on the This Could Be Heartbreak UK / European headline tour. "Ryan has recently been battling some ongoing mental demons, and as a group of friends who have had to deal with mental health issues in one way or another, all four of us knew that the best course of action was for him to take the time to go home and get some professional support. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but it is the right one. Our priority at this point is Ryan's health, and that will always come first. The shows themselves will all continue as planned, with Casey McHale filling in on drums. He's an amazing musician and a great friend of both Ryan and the band, and we know we can rely on him to deliver the show you all deserve to see. "We ask that everyone respect Ryan's privacy while he's getting better. "If you need someone to talk to regarding mental health, please don't hesitate to seek help from someone who is properly trained and qualified."

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