INVIDIA, the new band featuring former and current members of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and SKINLAB, has officially announced the addition of Evan Seidlitz as the newest member of the band, replacing vocalist Travis Johnson on the upcoming "Screaming Black Curse" tour with ALL HAIL THE YETI and supporting act BROKEN RAIL. Seidlitz is no stranger to the frontman spotlight, known for his work in VYCES, THROWN INTO EXILE and GRIMACE. Though Johnson is leaving to fully invest in his role as bassist of IN THIS MOMENT, the band is very excited to begin this new journey with Seidlitz and has no doubts that fans will be pleased with what he has to bring to the table.
When asked about Johnson's departure, INVIDIA stated: "We respect Travis's choice to honor his commitment to IN THIS MOMENT but it left us in a tough spot. It's hard for us as well — Travis is family and is part of the INVIDIA story.
"We are beyond happy that Evan was interested and fits in so well in the INVIDIA camp. He's a guy we all know well and the band as well as the fans are in great hands.
"We sincerely hope you will all welcome Evan to the fold like we have and come see us on tour this summer!"
Johnson added: "It was a really tough choice for me to step back from fronting INVIDIA. I love singing and am so proud of 'As the Sun Sleeps'. INVIDIA is family to me. I mean, I just can't be in two places at the same time and I had to honor my commitment to IN THIS MOMENT.
"I can't imagine a better fit than Evan. It was actually a suggestion I had brought up to the band.
"I truly hope all of the IN THIS MOMENT fans who have supported INVIDIA welcome him to the band.
"It's a tough one knowing someone else is singing my tunes but I can't see myself holding INVIDIA back."
Seidlitz said: "When Matt Snell called me up and asked me to join INVIDIA full-time, I didn't have to think very long about it before I said, 'Yeah, let's do it.' I knew I could no longer keep a commitment with VYCES.
"The guys in VYCES as well as Travis have been nothing but supportive in my decision.
"Travis did a wonderful job on the album vocally and I look forward to singing these songs every night on tour."
The tour will begin on May 17 in Los Angeles at the Whisky A Go Go and wrap up on June 4 in Fullerton, California.
May 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
May 18 - Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
May 19 - Kingsburg, CA @ Bullfrogs
may 20 - Anderson, CA @ Firehouse Lounge
May 21 - Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
May 22 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 23 - Spokane, WA @ The Checkerboard
May 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joes
May 25 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 26 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
May 27- Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
May 28 - Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
May 30 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
June 01 - Austin, TX @ The Rock House
June 02 - El Paso, TX @ The Rock House
June 03 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
June 04 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
INVIDIA's debut album, "As The Sun Sleeps", was released on March 31 via SPV.
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