To be fair, this is a very good and wholesome reason to miss the tour.
The Maine drummer Pat Kirch has announced that he won't be joining the band on their upcoming tour of the UK and Europe, as he is expecting the arrival of his first child.
In a statement posted on social media, Pat shares that while he's sad to be missing the tour, and meeting fans across the UK and Europe, he's taking this opportunity to spend time with his family during this exciting time. Joining The Maine on the road for the full run of shows will be Pat's long-time friend Andrew Stravers, who plays in the band Katastro.
You can read Pat's full statement below:
"Hello friends! It’s Pat here!! I wanted to I’ve everyone a life update before The Mirror tour kicks off.
A lot of you already know the exciting news that I and my wife are expecting our first baby this month! I couldn’t be more excited to meet her and become a dad, this means that I will be staying home during The Mirror UK / Europe so that I can be around for her birth and enjoy a little time with my family during this exciting time.
I am going to miss playing these songs for you and really going to miss being able to hang out with you guys after the shows but I know we will be back and probably with some new tunes to play for you.
I have never missed anything so it certainly will feel weird watching videos on instagram but I know the shows are going to be amazing. My great friend Andrew Strayers who I have known since I was 12 years old and plays drums in a great band called Katastro will be filling in for me.
Please give him all the love in the world for me. He is an awesome dude and would love to meet all of you guys! I can’t wait to be back with you all on the next tour and the next 50 years of The Maine. All the love in the world!!! See you guys soon."
Check out The Maine's upcoming tour dates below:
22 - BIRMINGHAM Institute
23 - NORWICH Waterfront
25 - LEEDS Stylus
26 - GLASGOW SWG3 Warehouse
27 - MANCHESTER Ritz
28 - BRISTON SWX
29 - LONDON Kentish Town Forum
02 - DUBLIN Greenroom
03 - BELFAST Oh Yeah 2
Update from Pat pic.twitter.com/51MXSRINe2— The Maine (@themaine) February 4, 2020