IN FLAMES Guitarist Jesper Strömblad In Rehab; ENGEL's Niclas Engelin To Fill In On Tour Dates

February 3, 2009, 10 years ago

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Swedish metallers IN FLAMES have issued the following update:

"As some may or may not know, (founding member/guitarist) Jesper (Strömblad) has struggled for some time with alcoholic abuse, and decided to sit this one out (South America/Australia/Japan) in order to seek help and focus on rehabilitation and all that comes with it.

We all talked about it and together with Jesper we chose to ask our longtime friend Niclas Engelin (ENGEL), who helped us before, to complete the tour.

We are all sad that it needed to come to this, but health comes first.

Thanx for your understanding."

View the band's tour itinerary at this location.

As previously reported, this past weekend, In Flames won all three Bandit Rock Awards in the categories they'd been nominated in: "Best Swedish Band (Bästa Grupp/Artist)", "Best Swedish Album" and "Best Swedish Live Band".

The Bandit Rock Awards was held in Stockholm at Tyrol. For more info and photos, check here.

This makes the list for awards earned for 2008 very impressive for In Flames:

Sweden:

P4 Dist Award

P3 Rock - Album Of The Year

Grammi - Best Hard Rock

P3 Gold - Best Rock/Metal

Swedish Metal Awards - Best Death Metal Band

Swedish Metal Awards - Best Video ('Alias')

Bandit Rock Awards - Best Swedish Band

Best Swedish Album

Best Swedish Live Band

UK

Metal Hammer Awards - Golden God Award - Best International Act

Russia

Russian Ramp Award - Best International Band



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