The following message has been posted by JINX in the River People of Madina Lake Facebook group:
“Man, I hate having to do shit like this…
Because it always becomes an issue with people when you’re the last ones to know something, and the guys have all been balls-to-the-wall busy leading up to this tour–and now tour starts today–here is a little something that you should know:
Dan will not be joining the band on this tour after all. It WAS the original plan! And in fact Sarah and Aysa were going to come, too. Things changed, and at the last minute Sarah’s doctor forbid her to travel, as it became too dangerous to the pregnancy after all. Dan has chosen to stay at home and be with his family during this time and sends his deepest apologies to all for the roller coaster of events. Everyone is okay.
I hope everyone can accept this and moreover, be *RESPECTFUL* about it, even though I fully understand just how much it sucks. (I was very much looking forward to a gap-toothed pirate hug in Chicago the other night and was stunned to walk into the Attic and find Dan was not there.)
The amazing Chris Mason of Super Happy Fun Club will be pulling double-duty and taking Dan’s place on this tour. If you haven’t yet met him, I encourage you to go say hello! He is a wonderfully talented, kind, and funny character, and while he isn’t Dan, he does bring his own element to the band that truly works.
Also, he likes chocolate cake.
Other requests, if anyone is feeling exceptionally generous:
Jamie–food. Any food.
Matthew–”Forget cake…currency! haha”
Apologies from all, again, and again: please be understanding and respectful of Dan’s situation and the difficult choice he had to make. He still loves each and every one of you. “