Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley has announced that he's taking a brief hiatus from the band to work on his mental health. The vocalist revealed that he will sit out the final three dates of the hardcore stalwarts' fall headlining tour with '68 and Candy, which wraps up this Sunday December 5th. However, he plans to be ready to perform at their Tid the Season music festival in Buffalo next weekend, December 11th.
"Caring for my own mental health has taken priority over EVERYTHING else in my life," Buckley wrote on Twitter in the early hours of December 3rd. "The love it has brought to everything I do has been clear to everyone that has seen me and I value my progress way too much to allow a setback. I am taking a hiatus from ETID to prepare for [Tid the Season]."
Several hours later, the band — which includes Keith's brother Jordan on guitar — confirmed the singer's absence from these last few tour dates, but clarified that they'll still be playing the shows, albeit without a vocalist.
"Mental health is a real issue and when not treated has an impact on so many people," ETID wrote in a joint statement. "Keith needs to take this time to rest and prepare for the holiday shows and we wish him a quick recovery."
They continued, "We also understand that so many of you have been looking forward to these last few shows on our tour. We don't want to let you down so we'll be playing these last three shows without a vocalist. Like Keith always says, 'this mic is your mic. So come and help us finish up this tour. Anyone that no longer wants to attend will be given refunds at point of purchase."
Shortly after Every Time I Die's announcement, Keith responded to the band's statement with another thread on his personal Twitter that paints a much different picture about their current situation.
"Now that I have seen the 'official statement' indicating that ETID is finishing the tour without their singer, I think I'm ready to tell you all a little bit about exactly WHY my mental health has had to become a priority over ETID. And trust I have receipts," the 42-year-old wrote.
"While meditating in a side room yesterday I overheard my own brother tell an outsider that ETID had been in talks to replace me this entire time. I thought they were my biggest supporters. but Jordan [Buckley, guitarist] had lied. His concern was a cruel trick. Their statement is proof."
He continued, "Traveling separately, away from alcohol and the behaviors of those who choose to drink, has brought me peace of mind and has made me the best performer I have ever been. I love the ETID community and finally felt like I was giving back in a meaningful way. and I will continue to"
"Being ostracized from a band I have built for 20 years because I made a decision to do whatever it took to be a good Human Being hurts me deeply," he added. "But trust me when I say I am the most mentally fit I have ever been. This decision was made to protect myself from my own sibling."
Buckley recently opened up to us about his mental health journey in an extensive interview tracing his life story from childhood to the present day.
caring for my own mental health has taken priority over EVERYTHING else in my life. the Love it has brought to everything I do has been clear to everyone that has seen me and I value my progress way too much to allow a setback. I am taking a hiatus from ETID to prepare for TTS— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) December 3, 2021
now that I have seen the “official statement” indicating that ETID is finishing the tour without their singer, I think I’m ready to tell you all a little bit about exactly WHY my mental health has had to become a priority over ETID. and trust I have receipts— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) December 3, 2021