Ice Nine Kills drummer exits band

When Ice Nine Kills take the stage this summer on the final Vans Warped Tour, fans may notice a missing member. On Thursday (June 14), the Massachusetts-founded band announced the departure of longtime drummer Conor Sullivan. Taking to social media, the band unveiled the news, stating that Sullivan had decided to leave the group to pursue other musical interests and projects.

“After nearly ten years of working together and creating wonderful music and memories, our creative musical roads have taken us in different direction,” the remaining members posted in a joint statement.

In the same letter, the band announced that Patrick Galante (ex-Affiance) will take over their drum kit during the band’s trek on Warped Tour this summer.

“While it won’t be easy, filling his shoes on this summer’s final Vans Warped Tour will be our good friend Patrick Galante.”

The remaining members did not further elaborate on whether Galante’s stint will be solely for the upcoming tour or if he may become an official member of the lineup.

Earlier this year, Ice Nine Kills revealed that they were in the process of working on the follow-up to 2015’s book-centric album Every Trick in the Book. Last year, the band surprised fans by releasing a one-off single titled “Enjoy Your Slay” based off Stephen King’s The Shining.

Final Vans Warped Tour lineup unveiled

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As Vans Warped Tour concertgoers get ready to say good-bye to the annual traveling music festival, there was still one thing they did not have; the lineup. On Thursday (March 1), festival organizers gave fans exactly what they have been waiting months for.

The complete lineup for the final incarnation can be seen below.

In a Twitter post earlier in the day, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman revealed that the main lineup does not mean that other bands will not be getting in on the action. On the contrary, Lyman advised fans to keep an eye out because more bands will be announced between now and then.

“Keep checking in, special guests will be announced on a regular basis and some might show up at your local show,” Lyman wrote on the social media platform.

Prior to the lineup announcement, festival organizers had confirmed the tour dates, locations, and venue, even adding a couple of extra stops along the way. The complete list of tour stops can be found here.

General ticket sales for the final Warped Tour excursion will go on sale beginning next Thursday, March 8. Earlier this week, the music festival was offering early bird tickets with a limit of 500 tickets per city. In a not-so-surprising move, all the early bird tickets were sold out within the hour.

Warped Tour was also offering two different bundles for fans to pick from; the Forever Warped Bundle and the Best Day Ever bundle. Currently, all the Forever Warped Bundles are sold out while there is a limited quantity of the Best Day Ever Bundle.