It’s barely been a month since We Came As Romans made the sad announcement that co-vocalist Kyle Pavone had died from a later confirmed accidental drug overdose. While some bands would take time off to figure out what their next steps should be, the surviving members of the outfit announced that they will soldier on with their upcoming tour to honor their fallen bandmate.
On Tuesday (Sept. 11), co-vocalist Dave Stephens posted a video statement on Facebook on behalf of the other band members revealing their decision.
“The last few weeks, Kyle’s family, his fans, his friends and the five of us have been experiencing a very wide range of emotions, and for us, it’s been the most difficult time of our lives. Through this, we’ve been trying to be very honest with each other and open about how we’re feeling and grieving,” Stephen says in the short video.
“So, through all that, we’ve decided that the best course of action for the band is to do the Bullet For My Valentine tour. We feel like this honors Kyle, and we can talk about his foundation, the Kyle Pavone Foundation, and carry on doing what he would’ve wanted us to do, and us be together on stage, playing music together with our fans.”
For fans who have been questioning whether the band will find someone to fill the void left by Pavone’s death, Stephens reveals that the band will not replace him.
“We will not be replacing Kyle – we’ll be continuing on, the five of us, and honoring his life over the next few weeks while we’re on tour.”
Watch Stephens’ full video below.
We Came As Romans’ tour with Bullet For My Valentine will begin next Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Pageant in St. Louis. The trek will conclude a month later on Oct. 16 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. The full list of tour dates can be seen here.
Pavone died of an accidental drug overdose in late August at the age of 28. According to TMZ, his girlfriend told cops he had gone into the bathroom at his home for a long time, and when she went to check on him, she found him unconscious, feet away from a used syringe. The police report said the syringe was found on the counter of the bathroom sink. Police say the girlfriend also revealed Kyle had struggled in the past with heroin use.
We Came As Romans released their fifth album, Cold Like War, last October.