Three Days Grace vocalist announces retirement

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By Natali Bianco, Entertianment Editor

If you bought tickets to the upcoming Three Days Grace, Shinedown, and P.O.D. concert coming up on March 26 in Lincoln, you’ll be disappointed to hear that you may not be getting the bang for your buck you had anticipated.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, Three Days Grace lead singer Adam Gontier announced that he will be leaving the band for undisclosed “health” issues.  Matt Walst, the now former lead singer of the band My Darkest Days, will take his place.  Walst is the brother of Three Days Grace bassist, Brad Walst.

Gontier claimed that non-life-threatening health issues were the cause of his decision to leave the band, one month before they were scheduled to kick-off a tour.

However, hours after announcing his departure, Gontier released an official “letter of resignation” that leads fans to believe his reasoning had nothing to do with health issues. 

“After twenty years of being part of an ever evolving band, I have been inspired by life, to move on and to continue to evolve on my own terms,” Gontier said in the letter.  “I could not be more grateful for all the souls who have travelled along with me. A journey I look back on with integrity and a future I look forward to with such hope.”

He also wanted to detour any future rumors that may surface, including that this decision was not drug related.

“It is important for me to address any concerns regarding my health being connected to drugs or addiction. The truth is, when I was struggling during that dark time in my life, I hit rock bottom, and I had the kindest of people reach out from all over the world, and reach their hands out to help pick me up. I am so blessed to be walking in the light now. I am reminded of your loyalty, always. The truth is, and I’m very proud to say this…, I am sober. That chapter in my life is over.”

There is no telling what the future of Three Days Grace will look like. The future for My Darkest Days will also be a very rocky road. 

To hear how Three Days Grace sounds with Matt Walst you can visit the YouTube link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QReR7FMWtW4

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