Shinedown released a video statement to fans Wednesday, May 22nd, saying that bassist Eric Bass was forced to leave their current tour for medical reason, beginning with their show at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri lastnight (May 22).

In the statement, Bass’s temporary replacement was announced and will be Josh Sturm, the bassist who performed with Shinedown before when Zach Myers took a leave of absence to be with his wife while she had her baby, filling in for Myers. Zach Myers told fans in the video that Bass had injured his back, which required him to take a trip home and leave the tour briefly to address the issue. He will not be performing with the band at their upcoming Rocklahoma Festival appearance or their subsequent show in Dallas, TX on Sunday, May 26th and a few shows after that.

Myers told fans in the video, “Unfortunately, Eric had to fly home last night. Very uncomfortably, actually. And didn’t get to play the show with us. His back is very messed up,” continuing to say that Bass is, “actually at the doctor right now, and we’re going to see what the next steps are. We’re very sad he’s not going to be with us for the next three shows. But we are glad that our friend Josh Sturm was very quick on the draw to come out here and fill in.”

We will keep fans updated on the story as it develops and more details are released. Watch the video statement from the band below:

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