DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton was rushed to the hospital early this morning suffering from paralysis. Benton began to feel ill during last night's performance at Stone's Throw in Eau Claire, WI, and after the show was rushed to the Luther Midelfort Hospital where Christian F. Peterson MD, ED Physician diagnosed him with a neurological disorder called Bell's Palsy which causes paralysis of the face and sometimes sensitivity to sound.
George Clooney, Pierce Brosnan and Ralph Nader have also been afflicted with this illness. In most cases the disease is temporary and, with proper rest, resolves on its own. Consequently, doctors have ordered Benton off the road for a minimum of six weeks.
"I'm really bummed that because of this, we can't perform this last string of shows," says Benton. "I want to thank the fans for their continued support and believe me when I say we can't wait to come back and rock out with you all again soon."
As a result, the following remaining dates on DROWNING POOL's This Is For The Soldiers Tour, which has been donating money to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the USO, have been cancelled:
Dec. 06 - Green Bay, WI - The Woods
Dec. 07 - Peoria, IL - Exposition Gardens Youth Center
Dec. 08 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
Dec. 09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Dec. 11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Dec. 12 - Clarksville, TN - Kickers
Dec. 13 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
Dec. 14 - Shreveport, LA - The Warehouse
Dec. 15 - Beaumont, TX – Antone's
DROWNING POOL performing "Reminded" live at Club Ice in Ft. Smith, Arkansas on November 29, 2007 (courtesy of LocalLounge.net):