Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have released the following statement:
“We have some not-so-good news to announce. Our drummer, Justin Foley [pictured below], recently had a bicycle accident and broke his collarbone. So he will not be able to do this upcoming Asia/Europe tour that begins later this week. Luckily, we were able to find a replacement drummer on short notice, so we will not be canceling any dates. The replacement drummer will be our longtime friend Jordan Mancino from AS I LAY DYING. Barring any unforeseen issues, Justin should be back on track in time for our upcoming North American tour with LAMB OF GOD, which starts in late October.”
Said Justin: “I’ve never missed a show, and I’m devastated that I have to miss this tour. I’d like to apologize to the fans and everyone involved withKILLSWITCH ENGAGE for the inconvenience I’ve caused. I will do everything in my power to heal and return at full strength and as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I’m positive that Jordan will kill it and the band won’t miss a beat without me. I’m honored to have such a monster player fill in. See you all very soon.”
Added Jordan: “I’m stoked to have this opportunity to help out Justin and my brothers in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. A few years back, Justin filled in for me on tour while I was dealing with the passing of my father. I’m now able to return the favor with a hope that Justin will heal from his injury quickly and effectively so he can get back out here and shred as he always does for the KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fans!”
Justin joined KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in 2003 and was promptly heard on the band’s 2004 release, “The End Of Heartache”, with the title track earning the band a Grammy nomination and the album becoming the band’s first gold record. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has since toured the world, playing Ozzfest and Warped tours, to name a few.
In 2006, Justin‘s variety in his musical background, in particular with frame drums and marimba, was featured on the compilation “Drum Nation Volume 3”.
Since his early years, Justin has furthered his musical education at college, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Connecticut. He continued his classical training at the Hartt School of Music, earning a Master of Music in Percussion Performance.
Justin‘s strength lies in is his consistent rock drumming and precise sound. He plays a Yamaha Maple Absolute kit in with a 20″ Bass Drum and 12″ & 16″ Toms and Yamaha hardware.