Three Days Grace Frontman Adam Gontier Quits The Band

Adam Gontier has left Three Days Grace and will be replaced by My Darkest Days singer Matt Walst for the upcoming tour.

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Frontman Adam Gontier has resigned from Three Days Grace just weeks prior to their upcoming co-headlining tour with Shinedown. The band has replaced Gontier with My Darkest Days singer Matt Walst for the trek.

A brief posting at the band's website reveals that Gontier has left the group effective immediately citing a "non life-treatening health issue" for his exit. The band's bassist, Brad Walst, stated in a press release:

"We were surprised and distressed by Adam's sudden departure. We are however very excited for this upcoming tour and to have my brother Matt stepping in as lead singer."

Three Days Grace, with Matt Walst on vocals, are still on schedule to kick off their co-headlining tour with Shinedown on February 1 in Moline, IL. At present, the tour runs through March 30 in Fargo, N.D. No further info was given as to the health issue that led to Gontier's exit.

The news comes as a major surprise, as Three Days Grace are one of Canada's most successful rock bands over the past decade, and recently scored a chart-topping single with "Chalk Outline" off their latest album "Transit Of Venus." They're currently heating up radio again with their new single "The High Road".

The move also puts My Darkest Days' future in a different perspective. The band revealed just last week that guitarist Sal Costa had left the group, but that they were beginning work on their next studio album. With Matt Walst jumping over to Three Days Grace in Gontier's absence, it is not known how that will affect My Darkest Days.

Three Days Grace have also posted an audio of Matt Walst performing "Chalk Outline" with the group to give an idea of what the singer switch will sound like. Listen to it below.

Matt Walst:

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    I kind of outgrew this band...Still, it sucks to see something that used to be quite prevalent in my musical life start to fall apart. Best of luck to Adam in his future endeavors.
    No friggin' way! Hope he gets better and here's hoping he'll return. Just hope it isn't drug-related again :/
    We'll surely miss Adam, hope they don't end up like Breaking Benjamin
    Actuallly, Adam and Ben are currently working on songs together. Breaking Benjamin will be back.
    DUDE WHAT?!?! THAT WOULD BE SICK!!!! Thats sh** what happened to BB, I think Ben does have the right to be mad, but it's kinda unfair he owns like everything for the band
    Why what happened to BB?
    Aaron Fink and Mark Klepski (think that's his name) posted a remix of "Blow Me Away" without Ben Burnley's consent. He heard it, got pissed, fired both of them from the band and sued them over "artistis license" or some dumb shit like that... it's quite sad really. I lost a lot of respect for Ben after that
    Have you heared the remix? It's horrible! I have heared that Aaron and Mark were given $100,000 to release the song, and I'd be pissed too if my band did something like that behind my back.
    I actually liked the remix myself. It wasn't as good as the original but still pretty catchy. The female vocal gave it an interesting lift in my opinion
    They were interesting indeed, but when Ben's vocals are lowered in volume it sounds really unnatural to me. In my opinion the chorus is also ruined, and the female vocals were a too overkill here and there resulting making them not fit well. I think it could have been way better if they let Velora and Ben work together with the song rather than doing what they did .
    The label went behind his back and asked for a remix BUT only asked Mark and Aaron and they went and did it without Ben's knowledge. Ben has every right to be upset. They will return though, their court case is likely settled as we speak since the last I heard Ben said he would be looking to get recording in 2013. Shame about TDG, I liked them.
    Sad to hear about Adam leaving, but more pissed off at the fact they got one of the most generic vocalists out there to replace him. Hopefully it's only for the tour, but 3DG's music isn't exactly the most exciting and the only reason I listen to them was because Adam's voice is unique and it separated them from the rest by a bit. Now that's gone and there's nothing unique about them anymore. Hard to keep going when the most talented and main songwriter of your band is gone.
    I listened. It now sounds like a boy band. Good thing I didn't buy the tickets yet.
    My friend already did. Huge bummer. It's just not Three Days Grace without Adam Gontier.
    The comments on that soundcloud, haha. They range from "This shit sucks!" to "Fire the new guy!". Hahaha!
    people hate change. so people will hate this. but the fact is Matt is a great singer, and fits in the band. If you turn it around: Matt left three days grace with health issues and Adam replaced him, all the fans would be hating just as they are now.
    Yes, I do agree. People like me hate change, and it would be the same if reversed. Matt is a great singer. It just sounds so weird with a different singer.
    rmack4341 Really? Make some valid points then throw Corey Taylor in there? Listen to Stone Sour's latest album and tell me he can't write.
    what does corey have to do with three days grace? corey slipknot and stone sour are all wayyy better than three days grace and adam gontier
    While I'm no fan of Three Days Grace, your statement is a matter of opinion and can't actually be backed up by anything factual.
    Meh. Cory can write I suppose but I don't think he meshes well with his band. I definitely think Stone Sour's music falls into the category of bland. Lyrically it's fine but sometimes way to wordy for what the rest of the band is doing. And his voice is kind of take it or leave it as well. I guess I would say in my opinion, his talents would be better served writing for another band and singer.
    How does it not mesh well? That's my question. He's the only singer/songwriter that could even do the Stone Sour stuff. How is it bland? Their latest release has some of the most intricate and well thought out arrangements I've seen in a long time. And the writing blows most of todays hard rock acts out of the water. Corey has some the best writing skill in metal and hard rock right now. It's not too wordy at all. When Corey Taylor wants to do a "wordy" piece as you call it, he does it as a totally separate track. Omega and the Frozen specifically. He does write for another band, Slipknot. Don't just arbitrarily throw his name in there simply because you don't like him. The man has real talent.
    I can't agree on the arrangements. They border on boring and monotonous. Judging from what I have read, Corey does have some of the best written material in hard rock now, but do you honestly think that is saying much for him? When one of his big competitors last year was this: "She wraps those hands around that pole, She licks those lips and off we go, She takes it off nice and slow, 'Cause that's PORNSTAR DANCIN'!" I don't think it would take another John Lennon to write better than this slop. But I can admit when I am wrong. I read more songs written by Taylor and I was surprised at the quality. But I can't agree on the instrumental end, to me it doesn't stand out.
    Why did you just post lyrics from My Darkest Days and not something Corey Taylor-related to back up your point?
    Matt doesn't sound too bad during the verses, but I really don't like how he sounds during the chorus.
    I don't really wish health issues on anyone, and hopefully anyone who has them recovers. I do really dislike this band though and would be okay with them going away because of this.
    I give the new singer 4/10. WTF i want to know more about adam.
    Matt isn't going to replace Adam forever at this point. He's actually a pretty good singer, I agree it doesn't really fit Three Days Grace but who knows maybe live he can pull it off.
    IF i didnt meet them backstage and find out they were douches id feel bad but i dont because theyre douches. Thinking theyre gods gift to rock music. please, their only good music came from adam on the drugs, once he got sober they became generic and boring.
    most bands are more interesting with the singer on drugs blink 182 was funny and awesome when tom delonge was on drugs same with green day
    Dafuq did I just read? This is awful! Transit to Venus was an excellent album, considering this was new material! I can't believe my eyes. First Ian Watkins is a child abuser, now this... fk...
    I used to listen to them, not really a fan now however Gontier is something special. Great vocalist overall.
    This awesome! (besides the health issue, dont't want to see him dead or anything like that) Hopefully i will never have to listen to another shitty 3 days grace song ever again
    Gutted to hear this- one of my all-time favorite bands. Adam's voice made TDG what they are, and I had already gotten my ticket to see them next month. Personally, I thought Matt sounded pretty good on The High Road and Chalk Outline, but on the other hand his voice doesn't suit Riot in the least (and this is coming from someone who is a fan of both TDG and MDD). I do have to give him props though, for helping out his brother's band in this tough time. That said, I'm still going to the concert regardless of who's singing. I'm just sad that it won't be Adam... For those of you wondering why Adam left, here it is, straight from his mouth:
    But yeah, the new guy sounds alright, apparently he's one of the member's brothers as well?
    The band has replaced Gontier with My Darkest Days singer Matt Walst for the trek. The band's bassist, Brad Walst , stated in a press release: " We are however very excited for this upcoming tour and to have my brother Matt stepping in as lead singer." Yes, Matt is Brad's brother
    Welldone you can read...
    Wow, impressive sarcasm m'man, the statement wasn't there to my knowledge when I first read it this morning, heard of the edit button?
    FUUUUUCK!!!!! Goddamn, I have no idea whether to be sad and pissed (not at Adam, but at this happening) or to accept it, because after One-X, they started going downhill in my opinion. I hate about half of Transit of Venus, and I find the songs I like to be just barely likeable. IDK, not really my favorite band anyway. One of my favorites though.
    WAIT! Never mind, they did give me credit for it. Okay, but they changed the damn thing on me. Sorry UG.
    I feel so extremely fortunate to have seen 3DG just this last September, after ToV dropped... The only band I've seen twice... Once at Uproar 2011, and then once at a local radio-concert... I'm really, really a lot more pissed now than I was that the drumstick I got from a toss by Neil when I saw them last time was stolen during the next band's set... Wow... My day tomorrow is gonna be terrible...
    Three Days Grace without Adam is like Metallica without James. I listened to Chalk Outline with Matt, and I couldn't even get through the first chorus before turning it off. If Adam is truly gone, then they should just hang it up.
    It won't be three days grace anymore. He is literally the only recognizable member of that band.
    My Darkest Days sucks... And that dude sounds like a friggin pussy.
    The singer for My Darkest Crap is the brother of the bassist for Three Days Grace, apparently. Sure does explain how they got anywhere amirite?
    I think it has more to do with the fact Chad Kroeger from Nickelback signed them to his label... Theory Of A Deadman is also on that label so you get the hint of the type of rock bands Chad signs to his label... bands that sound like his...
    The shitty get shittier. Maybe the problem with today's music is not the extreme crappiness of the alternative that's coming out, but the horrid writing, same tired riffs and hookless melodies of these hard rock acts. Corey Taylor and whoever writes for Shinedown have shown us prime examples of songwriting at it's worst, comparable even to the shit writing in Paramore. You guys on here make Nickelback a punching bag (rightly so), but in reality, if your really listen and don't just bang your head around, bands like My Darkest Days are writing the same shit, if not worse.
    There's too much stupid in your comment to even warrant an actual response
    Just means you can't defend these terrible bands. I feel bad for you, oh 44th lord of guitar.
    Guns N' Chains
    Point made about Nickelback. But Shinedown are actually a pretty talented band. Brent Smith has a got a great voice. And this is coming from someone who likes stuff from Iron Maiden and Boston to Opeth and Coheed and Cambria.
    His voice IS good. He needs someone else to write his songs though. Lots of cliches and just generally stupid lines. That Bully song is cringe-worthy. Reminded me of when a bunch of artists jumped on the band wagon and wrote about the Iraq war because it was the big story at the time. 'Trade Yourself In' is horrid. And 'Second Chance': I just saw Halley's Comet she waved Said "why you always running in place?" That song being a radio hit is a disgrace. I'd definitely put them in the same category as Nickelback.
    Please give us an example of good song writing.
    Anything by Catatopia.
    "Hope is carrots dangling You to me are tempting Slim, tall, fat, small or thin Nothing is happening" "Pool, sunblock, pool, sunblock, sea Pool, sunblock, pool, sunblock, sea Oh, s-s-sun stroked my back and it makes it peel Oh, sun stroked my back and it makes it peel" So, this is what you consider good song writing? It looks pretty crappy to me.
    haha wow that is amazing. I really want to read the rest of that song now.
    Who left what band?
    are you that dumb or are you attempting to be funny?
    You don't know dark humors.
    That wasn't dark humour. That was shit humour.
    The band is shit, so is the humor. That simple.
    If you stoop down to the level of the people your making fun of your just as stupid as they are, You think they play simple music just because there physically incapable of doing otherwise? most bands the general population enjoy play below there capability because otherwise it confuses people (just becuase I could write a ten minute prog tune based on a 5/4 walts doesn't mean most people will enjoy it) ,and the fact that you take this as an excuse to use humor well below your ability is sad
    This is awesome, I contributed to the Gold. Anyway, there was no joke involved. Never heard of the band or the dude. Checking them out later I realised that I haven't missed out anything. Peace all you pathetic haters!
    Even if you never heard of the band, it wasn't hard to piece together who left the band. All you had to do was read the title "Three Days Grace FRONTMAN (that's the singer) Adam Gontier Quits the Band" There 8 words of reading later, you know whe left the band -.-
    I didn't know that this band still existed or were ever successful. I thought they were one of those generic post-grunge bands that had one or 2 hits around 2000 then disappeared.
    Matt is ok,but I'm really sad Adam left,3DG are one of my favorite bands for around 6 years now and reading Adams letter made me cry for a while...I wish the best for him tho ...
    Ugh, this sucks, glad I didn't buy the tickets. I like My Darkest Days, but this new sound just doesn't work.
    Adam is my favorite singer i'm really really sad to hear these news
    I really enjoyed their self-titled (first?) album but sort of lost interest in them after that. That album had monster guitar tones on it. Still a bummer for fans now though.
    I like TDG, but My Darkest Days sucks a certain object hard. I always thought Three Days Grace was quite a bit above their competitors when it comes to mainstream modern rock, but it seems that won't be the case anymore.
    It was because of Adam, i started listening to Three days grace.Really sad to hear this.
    Best news I've heard all year, I hope Three Days Grace disbands. They suck!