Godsmack Cancels Tour After Death Of Guitarist’s Son

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Sully Erna of Godsmack performs during the 2017 Chicago Open Air Festival at Toyota Park on July 15, 2017 in Bridgeview, Ill.

Godsmack has called off its run through Europe after guitarist Tony Rombola’s son Joe Fay died unexpectedly last week.

Sully Erna of Godsmack sent the following statement: “With my deepest regrets, and on behalf of our guitarist Tony and his wife Sue, I am personally writing this message to all of our fans worldwide to inform you that Tony and his family have suffered a loss that no parent should ever have to endure.

“Tony and Sue’s son Joe Fay passed away last week, unexpectedly, at the young age of 34. He was one of the kindest and most humble guys I had ever met. And most importantly, he was a FAN. Just like all of you. He literally lived the success of Godsmack through his Dad. He was always so excited and proud just to be around all of us, and we will all miss him deeply.

 “As we await more information on how this happened, we humbly ask that you respect Tony and his family’s privacy as they take time to process this and heal.”

The tour was scheduled to run from Oct. 29 in Stockholm to Nov. 27 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Less-traveled markets like Hungary, Romania and Poland were included in the routing, alongside multiple stops in Germany, The U.K.

Godsmack’s last reported tour stop was a co-headline date with Shinedown Aug. 14 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark. The two bands, with opener Red Sun Rising, sold 6,847 tickets for a gross of $286,723.

The band took on lots of festivals in 2017, including Chicago Open Air; Rockfest (Kansas City); WMMR BBQ in Camden, N.J.; and Northern Invasion in Somerset, Wis.

Godsmack released its latest album, When Legends Rise, in April.