Local boys Thrice canceled its tour with co-headliners Manchester Orchestra and O'Brother because of a family emergency, which means no shows from now through May 9.
According to the Thrice Web site, lead singer/guitarist Dustin Kensrue had a family emergency of “dire circumstances” that required him to quickly return home.
On Sunday, April 25, Dustin Kensrue posted this on the Thrice site:
Hey everyone. I apologize that the tour had to be cancelled but I had
to get home to be with my Dad. He has an aggressive tumor in his brain
and will be undergoing surgery this week. He wanted to convey his
apologies as well (though I'm sure you'll agree it's unnecessary,) and
also his thanks for your support of the band and our family. The tumor
is near the language center of his brain which has made communicating
increasingly difficult for him, so my Mom helped to edit the
message below that he composed to all of you.
I want to say how sorry I am to each of you who have to miss seeing
Thrice in concert on account of my health issues. I have been diagnosed
with a large brain tumor and things at this point are very unsure and
serious. I will be having surgery in the next few days. Both Dustin
and his brother Chase were out on tour and returned home for some
precious family time. I am blessed to have the most unbelievable
family to support and love me through this. Through the years I have
met many amazing Thrice fans who are the most wonderful people, as a
matter of fact as I was having my CT scan and the technician asked if I
was Dustin Kensrue's dad, and I proudly said Yes!!!! I love all of the
guys in this awesome band and am sorry for the fact this is affecting
them too. This has been a tough year on all of the guys in Thrice with
family heartache, we all thank you for your prayers and good wishes!
I want to thank everyone for their understanding and support and
prayers. I spent last night and today with my family and am very glad I
made the decision to leave as quickly as I did. Life is precious and
fleeting, and events like these make real the fact that every moment is a
gift, not a right. I thank God for the gift of my father, for the ways
he has loved me and the things he has taught me thus far, and for the
ways he will continue to love me and teach me in the time that God gives
By the grace of God,