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Modern Baseball cancel tour, including March concert at the State Theatre, due to 'anxiety'

Modern Baseball

Jessica Flynn

Modern Baseball



At least part of the new American emo wave is going on hiatus.

Philadelphia indie rockers Modern Baseball have cancelled their spring tour, including a March 29 concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, due to the band becoming "an immense source of anxiety" and "something that was slowly eating away at our mental health and our friendships," singer-guitarist Jake Ewald wrote on Facebook.

The cancellation comes weeks after the band's Brendan Lukens announced he wouldn't be joining the band on tour, as he needed "to focus on my mental and physical health." The band's Facebook post on Tuesday came with a list of links and phone numbers for depression, crisis and suicide resource outlets.

"We have been championing the importance of mental health for a while now, and we recently realized that it would be wrong for us to ignore our own health any longer," Ewald wrote. "Please know that we don't take a tour cancellation lightly, and under any other circumstances we would not even consider it an option, but in this instance we have to put our health and friendships first."

None of the other artists on the bill -- Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise or the Obsessives -- seem to be making the trip south, either, though as Devine noted, he "will do whatever makes sense to make it up to you." So maybe they'll come back soon.

Otherwise, ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:39pm]


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