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When Shinedown and Three Days Grace hit the road along with P.O.D. for a lengthy North American tour next month, one thing will be missing: Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier, who announced his resignation earlier this month from the band he co-founded 20 years ago. Shinedown singer Brent Smith was asked by radio station TK101 in Pensacola, Florida if Gontier's departure gave him any second thoughts about the tour: "I wish Adam the best that I possibly can for whatever it is that he needs to do in his own journey in his personal life. Now, I think that it is extremely ballsy of the band, Three Days Grace, to not only say that they're gonna continue on with the tour, but that they're not gonna let it put a negative spin on anything."
Gontier resigned from Three Days Grace in late December, with the news going public earlier this month.
While the band chalked his exit up to a "health issue," Gontier himself said he was "inspired by life, to move on and to continue to evolve on my own terms."
His exit comes while the band's fourth album, Transit Of Venus, is still going strong on the rock radio charts. The group immediately named My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst, brother of Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst, as lead singer for the upcoming tour.
The Shinedown/Three Days Grace tour will kick off on February 1st in Moline, Illinois, with dates booked into March.
(Special thanks to Mark "The Shark" at WTKX-FM (TK101) in Pensacola, Florida)