||After some speculation, Canadians Protest The Hero have addressed bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi's status in the band. Arif will not be touring with the band for the Volition touring cycle and will be replaced by longtime friend of the band and tourmate Cam McLellan. The band is open to Arif Mirabdolbaghi's involvement in the future but right now he can't commit as a full time band member.
The band explains: "The cat's out of the bag. Despite what you may of read already, here's the real scoop: Arif has decided that the touring schedule we have signed up for to support Volition t is more intense than what he is prepared to commit. He is actively involved with other projects at home and being a full time band member isn't a practical thing. Though he has and will be missed out on the road with his brothers, everything was left on a positive note and we are open to his involvement down the road and only time will see how it all plays out. In the meantime, our longtime friend and tourmate Cam McLellan will be filling in on bass duties for the rest of the cycle. As an amazing musician, co-writer and producer of Volition, he is more than capable to pick off where Riffy left off. Don't fret, Cam's working on his giant happy smile and well placed high kicks during our set!"
Protest The Hero is currently touring in the US and will return to Europe in June with Monuments.
Recently, at the Juno Awards in Canada, Protest The Hero also received the Juno for Best Metal/ Hard Music Album for their album Volition.
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