Ben Weinman

This past weekend, The Dillinger Escape Plan performed at Metallica‘s Orion Music + More Festival in Detroit as a four-piece act. Guitarist and sole founding member Ben Weinman sat at the side of the stage looking on, as he has sustained injuries to his hand and wrist. Following the festival appearance, the band were scheduled to head off to Europe, but following Weinman’s injuries, they have decided to cancel the tour and use the time for healing before their upcoming headlining Summer Slaughter Tour

Here’s the official press release:

The Dillinger Escape Plan regretfully must cancel their upcoming summer European festival and club appearances due to an injury sustained by guitarist and co-founder Ben Weinman on his right hand and wrist. He will spend June recovering.

“I’m heartbroken that we will miss these shows because we were all looking forward to them a great deal,” Weinman said. “Obviously nobody likes being injured. I’m looking forward to performing on Summer Slaughter at full capacity and we will be back in Europe this fall on our headlining tour.”

The Dillinger Escape Plan performed at Metallica’s Orion Music & More festival over the weekend, where Metallica’s Robert Trujillo was kind enough to give Ben a chair to watch and heckle the rest of his band during the set.

Dillinger is touring behind their new album “One of Us is the Killer” which debuted at #1 on the US heavy music chart. They recently completed a video for the album’s title track which will be released in the coming weeks.

“Leaving for tour knowing that we would be performing without all members on stage isn’t something any of us are comfortable with,” added frontman Greg Puciato. “Ben is going to take the next month to heal and we’ll be ready to demolish Summer Slaughter and return to Europe in the fall with all systems loaded and ready to go.”

Dillinger have always been known as a dangerous, resilient, and tenacious act. Cancelling an entire tour isn’t something the band does regularly, but Ben’s going to need all the time he can get to recover from his injuries. Hell, just a month off doesn’t seem like enough time for a broken hand to heal before an extensive Dillinger Escape Plan headlining trek. The fact that the group aren’t cancelling Summer Slaughter dates is pretty telling of their dedication. Here’s hoping that Ben can recover enough to tour comfortably when Summer Slaughter rolls around.

– JR

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