As first reported on their official Facebook page yesterday, Saint Vitus has decided to finish their European tour without frontman Scott “Wino” Weinrich. Norwegian police detained the singer last Sunday after immigration officers found eleven grams of methamphetamine on Weinrich and decided to deport him back home to Los Angeles.
“Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show,” the band wrote. “We will still deliver the HEAVY sound to all of our friends in Europe and it is our hope that everyone will understand our position to go forward with the remaining dates without Wino. David Chandler and Henry Vasquez along with a few surprise guests will take over vocal duties and this will be a rare opportunity to see Vitus with main songwriter David Chandler vocalizing his tormented tales of pain, heartache and DOOM. We hope to still see all of you on our remaining dates. FUCK THAT WEAK SHIT!!!!”
Many sites and fans have laughed off Weinrich’s situation due to his status as a stoner-metal icon, but the fact of the matter is he’s struggled with drug addiction for most of his life. Or as he told The Quietus last spring, “Drugs are and will be important not just to me or my music, but to our culture in general, as they are in all cultures. I just ended (eight months ago) a seven year methamphetamine bender which was fucking great, and fucking fun, but I wanted to live and stay out of jail for me, my loved ones, my fans and my spirit. We all know that drug is hard as hell, but I loved it.”
For a longer look at the highs and lows of Weinrich’s career, check out an op-ed by Wondering Sound contributor Kim Kelly at Noisey.