Earlier today, The Sword revealed that they would be canceling their upcoming European tour and the remaining U.S. dates. At the time, it was unsure what “unforeseen circumstances” caused these cancellations. However, now we can confirm that the cancellations are due to the departure of drummer Trivett Wingo.
Wingo released the following statement:
“It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from The Sword. After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of The Sword. If I could go any further, I would as I love the music and JD, Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can’t do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which The Sword.”
The rest of the band added the following:
“We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band’s success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn’t be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It’s been a hell of a ride, and we’re sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and will be back on the road as soon as humanly possible.”
It’s especially sad to see this happening not only to an awesome band, but so soon after the release of their third album Warp Riders. But as both Wingo and the band highlight, life on the road and constant touring takes a lot out of a person.