(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor, RiffRelevant.com)
All remaining European tour dates for hardcore metal band Pro-Pain have been cancelled after an incident directed toward bassist/vocalist Gary Meskil. Monday night (July 3rd), Meskil was the victim of a robbery and attempted murder in Brussels, Belgium.
Meskil’s bandmates have issued the following statement:
“This past Monday night, Gary was the victim of a robbery and attempted murder in Brussels. He was pick-pocketed of cash, credit card, and passport, struck on the head with an ice pick and then subsequently attacked by a gang of individuals. The police have confiscated more than one weapon and they have established the identities of some of the suspects.
“Gary was quickly admitted to ICU after suffering head trauma (including several fractures to his face and jaw) and massive blood loss. Since then he has stabilized and is trying his best to recover, but future surgery may be necessary.
“We regret to inform the fans that the shows scheduled for Roeselare (July 7th) and Osnabruck (July 8th) are now officially cancelled. We will make sure to keep you all informed of any other cancellations and on Gary’s progress.
“Thanks for your support at this difficult time.”
Everyone here at Riff Relevant wishes Gary a very fast recovery and send our good vibes his way.
Stay tuned for further updates from the Pro-Pain camp.