Of Mice and Men frontman opens up about heart surgery

Last year was not a very good year for Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile. A few days before their spring 2015 tour was to wrap up, the singer was hospitalized and later underwent heart surgery to deal with ongoing issues brought on by Marfans Syndrome. After undergoing the surgery, and even having a misfortune event when he was electrocuted in September, Carlile and company are back on the touring circuit.

During a recent sit down with Metal Hammer, the frontman opened up about everything that has happened since the surgery and how he was clinically dead for a couple of hours.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. It’s hard to go through something like that that’s dangerous in general, and just to not know if you’re gonna be there, four, five or six hours later. When I had my heart surgery, my heart was stopped. They put my head in a whole thing of ice, to stop your brain activity, you’re dead. I was clinically dead for three hours while they did the procedure,” he explains.

“There’s so much stuff going through my head. Like, ‘Am I going to see my mum? What’s going to happen?’ Like, who knows, I was kind of excited. But the one thing I remember right before I went under, and before they put in the relax sedative into you, I was just sitting there and my sister and my dad were there and they said goodbye and started wheeling me back. I just remember being so at peace, and I remember saying, ‘Look God, this is in your hands.’ It was out of my hands completely at that point.”

He continues: “I said, ‘I have to have faith that you have a plan for me and you want me to do something with my life. And if you don’t, then it’s just going to end right here. And if it doesn’t, then I need to wake up and do that.'”

With such a serious surgery, it should come as no surprise that the pain post-surgery was just worse. Carlile goes on the explain how the post-surgery pain was probably worse than any of the pain he had felt in his life. He ended up spending two weeks in the hospital working on his recovery and then an additional week-and-a-half fighting pneumonia.

But all that is now a thing in the past as Carlile has returned to the stage, just like the group has promised at the end of 2015. In addition to their slew of current tour dates with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson and then their own headlining gigs in Europe, the California-based band also confirmed the release of their fourth studio album.

Cold World and is set to be released on Sept. 9 through Rise Records.

Of Mice and Men Frontman “Closer to 100%”

Of Mice and Men frontman Austin Carlile has given fans a major update about his health; he’s “closer to 100%.”

The frontman, who was hospitalized at the beginning of June, has had to undergo several serious surgeries during the last month due to Marfans Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues. But through the horrendous ordeals, one thing stayed constant, Carlile’s goal of getting better and making sure fans were updated on his recovery.

Last weekend, Carlile posted a major update for fans in which he revealed that he is getting closer to 100%.

He followed up the good news by revealing that he is also undergoing physical therapy and that even though it’s hard, “nothing comes easy.”

It also appears that getting better isn’t the only goal the singer has set. Taking a look at Of Mice and Men’s website, it appears that they have some upcoming shows still scheduled for 2015. The first has the band performing at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY on Oct. 3 and 4. A little over a month after that, they are scheduled to head overseas to play at Ozzfest Japan on Nov. 21.

Pierce the Veil Guitarist to Miss Beginning of Warped Tour

Pierce the Veil are going to be down a member for the beginning of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour.

According to a Facebook post on the band’s account, guitarist Tony Perry sustained massive injuries over the weekend after an “incident” while riding his mountain bike.

PTV frontman Vic Fuentes went onto the social media platform to update fans on why Perry will be missing several days of the upcoming Summer trek. Perry sustained massive injuries including “three broken ribs, a torn shoulder, collapsed lung, and a broken sternum” which required the guitarist to undergo immediate surgery.

The upside to all the bad news is that Perry is expected to make a full recovery though the projected time frame for his return to the group is still up in the air.

It looks like he’s in good spirits about everything that has happened so far, at least from the picture that was uploaded alongside the message to fans.


As of now, the band have not revealed who will be filling in for Perry while he recovers from the surgery. The announcement, if any, will probably be made before the first day of the tour this Friday.

Read the complete post by Fuentes below and don’t forget to go onto Twitter (or any other social media platform) and wish Perry a speedy recovery.

“Hey everyone, it’s Vic. I’m sad to say that I have some bad news for you. Our guitar player @tonyperry was recently hospitalized for an incident while riding his mountain bike last weekend. He sustained 3 broken ribs, a torn shoulder, collapsed lung and a broken sternum, for which he needed immediate surgery to repair. Fortunately, his surgery went very well, and he is expected to make a full recovery. He was released from the hospital yesterday, but due to doctors orders, he will not be joining us for the beginning of Warped Tour until he is healthy enough to play. We will still be carrying on with the tour as planned, and we hope to see @tonyperry back on stage with us very soon. Your fan support is greatly appreciated, so be sure to send Tony some love while he’s healing up! Thanks and we’ll see you all on Warped!”

Of Mice and Men Frontman Undergoes ‘Big Operation’

Of Mice and Men frontman Austin Carlile underwent a serious and “big” surgery yesterday, over a week after OM&M broke the news that the band had to cancel the final two days of their “Full Circle Tour” with Crown the Empire and Volumes due to their singer being hospitalized.

When the news broke, no one knew what led to Carlile’s hospitalization, but it was eventually revealed it was stemming from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, which the singer has.

Last week, Carlile had updated fans that he was being moved from the hospital he had been checked into to Stanford University where he would be in the care of his own cardiologist as well as a Marfan specialist.

On Twitter yesterday, Carlile updated fans with the news about the then upcoming surgery and hoped that it would be “the most effective of all the procedures they’ve tried” on him to combat Marfan or at least keep it at bay.

After his several posts on both Twitter and Instagram, support immediately began to flood in from fans as well as fellow musicians. OM&M bandmate Aaron Pauley, Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb, and Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta all sent him well wishes in their own kooky way, as can be seen below.


Like everyone else, we wish Carlile nothing but the best and hope you get better soon!

Bayside Guitarist Undergoes Spinal Surgery

Bayside are slated to head out on tour in celebration of their 15th anniversary as a band in March of 2015, but before the band can celebrate the momentous occasion, guitarist Jack O’Shea needs to undergo a serious procedure; spinal surgery.

O’Shea has posted pictures of himself from the hospital and a message (and pictures) to fans informing them of what led to him being forced to undergo surgery. O’Shea writes that during the band’s European tour, which recently wrapped up, he lost most of the use in his right arm. After returning home, he decided to go to a specialist which told him he needed to undergo surgery due to a level three fusion in his cervical spine.

“So 11 years of headbanging and playing 11lbs plus Les Paul’s had led me to spine surgery. A month ago I lost most of the use of my right arm and powered through a tour in Europe. I got home and decided to see a specialist to make sure my physical therapy was correct and was rushed into surgery. I had a 3 level fusion in my cervical spine and should hopefully get most if not all of my right arm back but it’s right into intense physical therapy starting next week. Also my nurse is terrible at installing IV’s.”

The band posted a little while ago on their official Twitter account that O’Shea is out of surgery and everything went as planned. Read their tweet below.

Silverstein Guitarist Hospitalized


We haven’t heard much from Silverstein in a while, but last night, the band released a statement to fans that one of them was sick. Guitarist, Paul Marc had been admitted into the hospital at their Cornwall, Ontario stop of their current tour.

In the statement, singer Shane Todd revealed that Marc had started to feel some pain before their show in Sherbrooke and decided it would be wise to stop at a hospital to have him check out. It was a good thing that they did so because Marc had to have emergency abdominal surgery.

As of now, all upcoming tour dates ave been reschedule and hopefully will be able to hit the road again sometime next weekend. The full statement from Todd, on behalf of the other members, can be read below.

“Hi everyone, we have some bad news. Paul Marc is in a hospital in Cornwall, ON after having to have emergency abdominal surgery last night. He started feeling severe pain right before our show in Sherbrooke and it got so bad we had to stop at a hospital on the way back to Toronto. Right now our shows in Windsor, Kitchener and Hamilton are being rescheduled. Paul Marc got through the surgery okay, and hopefully he is recovered for the shows the next weekend in Etobicoke and Scarborough. Please feel free to send him well wishes through his twitter @paulmarc or Instagram @paulmarcsees . We’ll let you know when we have new dates for the makeup shows. Thanks for your understanding. 

Shane // Silverstein”

Mumford & Sons to Reschedule Cancelled Dates


Mumford & Sons revealed that they would be cancelling a few tour stops over two weeks ago so that bassist, Ted Dwane could have brain surgery to removed a blood clot on his brain, the band were hoping that recovery would be fast and they would be performing at the following week’s Bonnaroo.

Due to doctors orders, the band decided withdraw from Bonnaroo to give the bassist time to recover. The festival went ahead and asked Jack Johnson, who was already at the Manchester, TN location for a surprise appearance for his upcoming new album, to fill in the vacant spot on the roster.

A little over two weeks later and the band have announced that everything was good with Dwane (he even posted pictures of his newly shaven head online, letting fans know he was doing great) meaning that it was time to get back to work and continue their tour.

The dates that they had cancelled which included Dallas; Woodlands, Texas; and New Orleans would be rescheduled for a later time, but starting in late-August, the band would beheading out on their “The Full English Tour.” The first stop will be in Toronto and then go through North America wrapping up in Simpsonville, SC o September 11. After that, the band will head down south to perform their rescheduled dates.

The band is currently schedule to perform at Sunday’s Glastonbury Festival in Britain with Dwane returning to his bass on stage. “To be honest, Ted dealt with the whole thing better than any of us could have imagined,” keyboardist Ben Lovett said in an interview with The Radio Times. “All we feel is incredibly grateful and happy that he’s going to be O.K. and that we’re going to get back out on that stage at Glastonbury as four brothers and do what we do.”


Mumford & Sons’ Full English tour dates:
Aug. 26 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
Aug. 28 – Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY
Aug. 29 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
Sept. 02 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Sept. 03 – Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI
Sept. 04 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Sept. 09 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, AL
Sept. 10 – Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA
Sept. 11 – Charter Amphitheatre, Simpsonville, SC

Rescheduled dates: 
Sept. 16 – Mardi Gras World, New Orleans, LA
Sept. 17 – Cynthia Woods Pavilion, Woodlands, TX
Sept. 18 – GEXA Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
Sept. 20 – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS