After beating the flu that forced him to miss several of the band's US shows, Meshuggah
frontman Jens Kidman
has officially returned to stage for the group's performance in New York last Friday. The band was once again at full power, despite Kidman still not being 100% healthy.
"New York! Thanks to all of you for the amazing support tonight. It has truly been some rough days for me, but I refuse to let you guys down. You rule and you never disappoint! Hats off
", the singer stated via official Facebook
During his absence, Kidman was replaced by a cardboard cutout of himself with both band and the fans handling the vocal duties. According to guitarist Marten Hagstrom
, the sound wasn't all that different, it was the experience of playing as a four-piece that made the whole thing unique.
"The way it sounds is not that different... but it's more the way you feel walking up onstage, not seeing the entire band, because we've never done this before. You're used to being that five-piece unit, walking up and doing this together... but there's no use complaining about it. The only thing we can do is try to make the most out of it. We traveled over here now. A lot of places we play on this tour we haven't really played for a long time, so canceling is not really an option
", Hagstrom tells the Village Voice
With over 10 concert dates of the current US tour
still remaining, it is expected the shows will go on as usual. Prior to hitting the road, the band has released a free 2-track EP
So are you glad the guy is back or what? And what do you think about the whole cardboard cutout thing? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.