Well folks, it really, really pains me to say this but we’re gonna be unable to make the Red Waiting Blue shows in Fairfield and Boston. This sucks.
Here’s the straight goods. We have to apply for a visa every time we go to work in the States. US immigration requires us to show contracts every time we apply. So at stages like this, where we are on the back end of an album cycle and aren’t playing all the time, we have to do separate application every time we cross in. These applications have to be submitted 45 business days before the first show. We got ours in 51 days before the first show. Now unfortunately during that time frame we received word that the system that processes the visas was hacked causing a severe backlog bumping all visa approvals to within 60 days instead of 45. As I write this we still haven’t been approved. We sat with suitcases and guitars packed for the past 72 hours waiting to get on the road at the drop of a hat. We were forced to cancel the Philly and NYC shows when it became clear that we wouldn’t be able to make it there on time even if the visas’ came through. We were hoping we would be able to make the last two happen but as the week winds down and we still haven’t been approved it’s very unlikely that we’ll be able to make it there either ( I’m told they close up shop for the weekends, so if we haven’t gotten them by the end of the business day today then it’s no dice… ).
Our sincerest apologies to our fans, some of whom traveled far and wide to take in these shows, and to Red Waiting Blue. We really hope we can make this up to you one way or another. Maybe it’s the negative karma associated with writing a song like Paranoid Freak but I really feel like we have the worst luck when it comes to the border. We’re gonna be taking every precaution to ensure this doesn’t happen ever again. For those going to the shows, enjoy them! RWB do an amazing job every time. We’ll be there in spirit and hope to make this bill happen stateside again real soon.
Due to an unforeseen delay that has affected our ability to enter the US, we will be unable to play in Philadelphia tonight (August 12th) and in New York tomorrow night (August 13th). We are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to play these shows and hope to make them up soon. The shows are not cancelled, Red Wanting Blue will still be playing. We are holding out hope that we will be able to play the remainder of our US shows this week. We will update you ASAP. This is completely out of our hands and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. – The Trews
8/12 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live – Tickets here
8/13 – New York, NY – City Winery – Tickets here
8/15 – Fairfield, CT – Stage One – Tickets here
8/16 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs – Tickets here
“To all the hard core Trewbadours out there:
Well what can I say folks its been an amazing run. The years playing with the Trews have been best years of my life. Countless hours in the jam space and playing thousands of live shows all over the world have shaped me as a musician, and playing with such great guys has made me a better human being. I will miss it very much.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I’ve decided to step down from the drum throne. Nothing weird goin’ on here folks…just time to do what’s best for me and the family. I wish the Trews nothing but the best, and was so fortunate to play with the best friggin’ band in the Country. I’ll be hanging with you all in the crowd at the next show. Peace and Love!” – Sean
A message from Colin, John-Angus and Jack:
“Sean was an integral part of the band over the past 14 years. Together we’ve written many songs and played many shows all over the world. He was a warrior that hung in there through the ups and downs of the long road and was a really fun guy to share the ride with. We will miss him both on and off stage. Moving forward we will carry on with the very excellent Gavin Maguire behind the kit. A lot of you may have seen Gavin when he joined us half way through our Canadian tour this past fall. We are very grateful to all of our fans for their love and support over the last decade and we hope to have your continued support as we advance along our musical path. We will carry on.”