By Eric Mackinnon
The Avalanche Stage
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Simple Plan are on the road in Europe ahead of their eagerly anticipated Avalanche Stage headline slot at the Download Festival.
But the pop-punks will hit the stage at Donington Park, as they currently are on mainland Europe, without bassist David Desrosiers alongside them for the first time in their history.
In a honest statement posted on social media, Simple Plan revealed that Desrosiers has decided to sit out that leg of the tour so he can take some time off to seek treatment for depression.
“We are sorry to inform you that David will not be able to join us for our upcoming European tour,” reads the message, which the band posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Desrosiers is reported to have battled against several episodes of depression for a long time now with the band revealed 'this situation has sometimes made it difficult for him to deal with the demands of being in a band, touring and playing shows night after night.'
The statement, from Desrosiers’ band mates Chuck Comeau, Sebastien Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco, continues: “It really breaks our hearts to see our friend and band mate go through these difficult times, but we know he will overcome this and be back on stage with us very soon. We can’t wait to welcome him back!”
Meanwhile, the show must go on. “In the meantime, with David’s blessings, all the upcoming European dates will go on as planned. We look forward to some amazing shows and to see all our European fans!”
It’s unclear whether Desrosiers will return in time for the band’s North American leg of its tour, which begins in Timmons, Ont. on June 27.
Desrosiers himself took to Instagram to explain why he needs to take a step back from the band.
“I am currently fighting a major depression that prevents me from enjoying life and doing the things I like such as playing music,” writes Desrosiers.
“Many of our songs as well as our work with the foundation speak of the hope that must be kept in difficult times. I really believe in this message and I assure you that I will be back soon.”