Earlier this week, Bowling For Soup drummer Gary Wiseman was taken ill, leaving him unable to participate in shows on the bands’ Crowd Surf The UK Tour. Bowling For Soup frontman Jaret Reddick has issued a statement, detailing what has happened to Gary and the events of the last few days:

“On Tuesday, in Swansea, just before doors opened for the nights show, Gary had what we thought was a severe panic attack. He was seen by medics on site. Vitals were checked and he was monitored throughout the evening. The call was made for the show to go on with Rob and I doing an acoustic thing. Just before we took the stage, it was suggested that Gary go to the hospital. 
 9 hours later, he saw a doctor and they found nothing to be wrong. A heart attack was ruled out and blood work looked fine. Gary spent that day, a day off, in a hotel room not being able to sleep, eat or quench his thirst. 
 On Thursday, in Bexhill, he was still not better and the call was made to send him home so he can seek care from his own physicians and be with his family in his own surroundings. 
 Thursdays show was acoustic again, with full band songs thrown in. Members of the other bands stepped in, and myself and Rob even played some drums. I should add that The Dollyrots, Lit and Matt Stocks have all been amazing through all of this.
 It has been a very emotional and scary time for all of us. We are family. We are brothers. And that comes first. As I type this, Gary and our tour manager, Dave, are on a plane home. We are planning a show for tonight and tomorrow that people will not soon forget. Everyone will leave happy. 
We will do this all for Gary! 

As detailed in Jaret’s statement, the final two shows of the tour, tonight in Margate, and tomorrow (Saturday April 23rd) in London’s O2 Academy Brixton, will go ahead as planned. Final tickets for Brixton will be available from the venue.

Bowling For Soup’s 11th and latest studio album, Pop Drunk Snot Bread, was released today, April 22nd, on Brando / Que-So Records. The album can be streamed, downloaded or purchased on the following link.

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