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.