Posted in metal | music | tour dates on November 11, 2008

by Black Bubblegum

Mastodon's Bill Kelliher

If you're in Europe and are wondering why Mastodon is looking a little light lately...

Bill Kelliher, guitarist with MASTODON, has been hospitalized in London as of Nov.3, during the band's current European Unholy Alliance Chapter 3 package tour. Doctors will continue to monitor his condition which is improving at press time.

At the moment, Mastodon has decided to continue on the tour as a trio. Doctors and Bill are hopeful that he will rejoin his bandmates in time for their headlining tour of Europe which begins Nov 30, in Utrecht, Holland and will end on Dec 7, at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Somerset, England. More details to follow as they develop.

Get well soon Bill... whatever the problem is. Affected tour dates and a video of Mastodon the TRIO are available below. That ATP festival in Somerset that they referenced above is the one curated by Mike Patton and the Melvins.

Mastodon recently announced the release of their new album Crack The Skye, due in early 2009 and produced by Brendan O'Brien.

In related metal-band-members-in-the-hospital news, Chi Cheng of the Deftones is showing signs of improvement after his car accident:

"Chi is showing definite signs of improvement. His father expects when he fully awakes, they'll have to sedate him (again) so he doesn't start pulling out the tubes and wires from his body."

- Chino [Moreno, vocals for Deftones]

Chi's mother Jeanne also made a statement
"Again you all are so very much appreciated. God has his hand on our son, please continue to lift him in prayer. For today please forgive someone who has wronged you or wronged yours. Not forgiving is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die. Please continue to stay buckled, show love and spread kindness throughout the day to those around you".


ex-Deftones collaborator Jonah Matranga is known for covering Deftones songs in his solo sets. You can catch him tonight (11/11) at the Gershwin Hotel in NYC. Mastodon dates and video below...

MASTODON the THREE PIECE performing "Cycle of The Cysquatch" Live @ Heineken Music Hall, Nov 7th

11/12/2008 BEL, Antwerp Lotto Arena*
11/14/2008 ITA, Milan Palasharp*
11/16/2008 AUT, Vienna Gasometer*
11/17/2008 CZH, Prague Tesla Arena*
11/18/2008 GER, Munich Zenith*
11/19/2008 GER, Berlin Columbia Hallen*
11/21/2008 DEN, Copenhagen Valby Hallen*
11/22/2008 SWE, Gothenburg Lisebergshallen*
11/23/2008 SWE, Stockholm Annex*
11/24/2008 NOR, Oslo Spektrum*
11/26/2008 FIN, Tampere Old Ice Hall*
11/27/2008 FIN, Helsinki Old Ice Hall*
11/30/2008 HOL, Utrecht Tivoli**
12/02/2008 IRE, Cork Savoy**
12/03/2008 IRE, Dublin Vicar St headline show**
12/04/2008 IRE, Belfast Spring & Airbrake headline show**
12/06/2008 All Tomorrow's Parties Festival - Resort Minehead, Somerset, UK***
12/07/2008 All Tomorrow's Parties Festival - Resort Minehead, Somerset, UK***
06/14/2009 Helsinki, FIN - Hartwall Arena^
06/15/2009 Helsinki, FIN - Hartwall Arena^
06/17/2009 Oslo, NOR - Spektrum^
06/22/2009 Milan, ITA - Datch Forum^
06/24/2009 Rome, ITA - Palalottomatica^
07/13/2009 Madrid, SPN - Palacio de Deportes^
07/14/2009 Madrid, SPN - Palacio de Deportes^
07/16/2009 Zurich, SWI - Hallenstadion^
07/20/2009 Copenhagen, DEN - Copenhagen Forum^
07/22/2009 Copenhagen, DEN - Copenhagen Forum^
07/23/2009 Copenhagen, DEN - Copenhagen Forum^
07/27/2009 Copenhagen, DEN - Copenhagen Forum^

* w/ Slayer, Trivium
** w/ Fiend Without A Face
*** as part ATP Festival
^ w/ Metallica



Comments (4)

Apparently, Mr. Kelliger has pancreatitis.

Posted by Wayne | November 11, 2008 3:18 PM

Deftones cover Far as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 4:13 PM

"Apparently, Mr. Kelliger has pancreatitis."

...and an insane coke problem.

and last night Jonah covered Deftones "Digital Bath" for his first song, dedicated to Chi obviously.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 5:34 PM

hello everyone,

my name is gina blackmore. i put up a site: for chi cheng's mother jeanne so we could start helping raise funds for him online. chi's brother ming has started helping me promoting it on myspace.. and jeanne called me tonight and gave me the go ahead to start promoting it online.. i just wanted to ask everyone to please post one of the banners available on on your myspace page..or on here and maybe post a bulletin or blog on myspace/facebook etc.. to help in getting the word out and start promoting it in any way you can.

see... chi's insurance has ran out but the bills keep coming in. chi is making progress but needs as much therapy as he can get - and that costs money. the bills this family is facing are astronomical to say the least. this is our chance to show chi our support and give back to someone who has given us so much via music.

any way you can help is very much appreciated. there is also a family blog that chi's brother ming will be updating. he has already made one post (great read). i will also be adding an update directly from chi's mother within the next day or two... and will continue to update that blog with news on chi and his recovery.

let's all unite and show this sweet family how much we care about our brother chi.

thanks in advance.


Posted by Chi Cheng | March 18, 2009 12:05 PM

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