Personnel Change For House Of Heroes

By Paul Gibson | March 1st, 2010 | Posted In News


This just in from Tim Skipper of House of Heroes.

Hey guys. Tim here. I’ve been meaning to start writing these little note things a bit more often. Just keep you guys in the loop a bit better, but I’ve been slacking. Hopefully myself and Jared can start giving things a bit more of a personal touch as far as keeping you updated.

First things first. I’m extremely bummed to announce that our drummer, Mr. Colin Rigsby will not be joining us on this upcoming tour. 🙁 He’s reached a point where he just can’t make the sacrifice of being away from his family anymore. With a 3 year old son and a pregnant wife in her 3rd trimester, Colin had to make the very difficult decision to sit this tour out and be the husband and father he knows he needs to be. The rest of us fully support this decision as family ALWAYS comes before rock n’ roll. We’re not entirely sure what the future holds as far as Colin’s involvement with House of Heroes, but as of right now he will no longer be playing shows with us.

Our friend and fellow Columbus native, Mr. Josh Dun will be filling in for Colin on the Awake Tonight Tour starting on Thursday. Josh is a highly skilled and passionate drummer who came recommended by Colin himself. So far, rehearsals have gone amazing and we’re very confident that we’ll still be able to deliver the same quality live show that you’ve (hopefully) come to expect from us.

I know we never really updated the AJ situation, but a lot of you noticed in the fall that long time bassist AJ Babcock was no longer touring with us. Our good buddy Eric Newcomer stepped up and did and AMAZING job in his stead. Again, family must come first, and AJ felt like he needed to be with his wife more which is something we fully support. So, for those of you keeping score at home, the band that you will be seeing on this tour coming up will be as follows:

Tim Skipper: Vox, Guitar
Jared Rigsby: Guitar, Vox
Eric Newcomer: Bass, Vox
Josh Dun: Drums

I’m not gonna lie guys, these past few months have been pretty crazy and unstable. It’s been a tough time for House of Heroes. We’ve all been trying to slow down, get some perspective, and figure out our place in this band while at the same time writing and recording a new album and getting ready for this tour. I really believe we’re making/have made a freakin KILLER album and I can’t wait to finish it up and let you guys hear it! It’s going to probably be 11 or 12 songs (which means we’ll have some b-sides as well !!!) and I think we have a title for it, but we’re not 100% just yet. So HOLD YOUR HORSES! Our good friend Isaac Deitz filmed a lot of it and we did a lot of really candid interviews with him about how difficult this time of transition and uncertainty has been for us as a band. Hopefully that will come out in some form sooner than later so you guys can understand a bit better where we’re coming from.

OK, time to go rehearse again for the tour! I know myself and the other guys are REALLY excited to get out on the road again playin some sweet jams and hangin with you guys! If you have any questions or concerns about what I’ve just updated you on please don’t hesitate to speak up. I know we’re not the biggest band in the world, but the fans that we do have are TRUE and AWESOME, and we definitely value your thoughts and opinions. I’ll try to keep you updated with a bit more of a personal touch in the future and I’ll encourage the other guys to do the same. Thanks and blessings to all of you! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as we rock this tour and finish up the new record!

Here are the dates for the Awake Tonight Tour with Toby Mac and Skillet:


3/4 Aurora, IL ACS Gymnasium
3/5 West Lafayette, IN Elliot Hall of Music University of Perdue
3/6 Valparaiso, IN ARC at Valparaiso University
3/7 Murray, KY RSEC at Murray State University
3/11 Champaign, IL at Assembly Hall
3/12 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
3/13 Bristol, TN Viking Hall
3/18 Hershey, PA Giant Center
3/19 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
3/20 Johnstown, PA War Memorial Auditorium
3/21 Toledo, OH Lucas County Arena
3/25 Tallahassee, FL Civic Center
3/26 Ft. Meyers, FL Germain Arena
3/27 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
4/1 New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena
4/2 Tyler, TX Oil Place
4/3 Jackson, MS Mississippi Col
4/8 Norfolk, VA at Norfolk Scope Arena
4/9 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
4/10 Lynchburg, VA Liberty University
4/11 Asheville, NC Civic Center for more info

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