German progressive metallers VANDEN PLAS have been forced to cancel their previously announced shows in Wolverhampton, U.K. (May 5 at Z Rock) and Siena, Italy (May 12) so that guitarist Stephan Lill could undergo surgery.
Commented the band in a statement: "Hard to find some words for this worst scenario! Unfortunately, we have to tell you that Stephan Lill needs to go to the hospital for an operation which is inevitable; there is nothing to change! We've tried to find immediately a solution — so we did ask a few well-known guitar players, but none of our representatives felt comfortable to replace Stephan for the shows and the clinic. So we have to cancel the shows. I hope in case of our reputation that we will play Siena and find also a chance to see our fans in the United Kingdom as soon as possible. We feel guilty while telling you this, but there is no way around it. Again we lowly realize that health is our strongest and most important property! We don’t know how to apologize our dear friends."
VANDEN PLAS is:
Andy Kuntz (Vocals)
Stephan Lill (Guitar)
Günter Werno (Keyboards)
Torsten Reichert (Bass)
Andreas Lill (Drums)
VANDEN PLAS' Mathias Fickert-directed video for the song "Holes In The Sky" can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's latest concept album, "The Seraphic Clockwork", which was released on June 22, 2010 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records.