Scott “Wino” Weinrich of legendary doom metal act Saint Vitus has been detained by Norwegian police and immigration officers for possession of illegal substances since Saturday 9th November while touring with the band for their 35th anniversary. Initially, the Norwegian defense attorney announced that “he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of [the] European tour“. Today, however, the band has learnt that their vocalist is being deported back to the USA.
The band will continue their European tour without Wino and main songwriter/guitarist David Chandler and drummer Henry Vasquez “along with a few surprise guests” will replace him on vocal duties.
The official statement from the band reads:
“Saint Vitus would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigrations officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday November 9th. As of 4 pm yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported today back to the U.S. with no hope to remain in Scandanavia or anywhere in the EU.
SAINT VITUS WILL CONTINUE THE REMAINING DATES OF THE TOUR!!!
Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show. 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!!!!”
The remaining Saint Vitus tour dates:
12 Nov 14 Hamburg (DE) Knust / Grünspan
13 Nov 14 Osnabrück (DE) Rosenhof
14 Nov 14 Jena (DE) F-Haus
15 Nov 14 Würzburg (DE) Hammer of Doom