Sevendust Cancel Australia, Promise Summer Creed Tour

Group cites death in one guitarist's family, plus marriage of the other.

Last week, with little warning, Sevendust canceled their seven Down Under dates with Creed, fueling rumors among radio DJs and fans.

But now Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose has set the record straight: "Sadly, [guitarist] John Connolly's grandmother passed away last week, and he needed to be there. On a happier note, [guitarist] Clint [Lowery] just married his longtime girlfriend and needs time with her.

"We're no strangers to personal compromise in meeting tour obligations," Rose continued, "but right now was not the time. We apologize to our Australian fans who have been waiting to see us for years. We promise we will get there soon and give you the best concerts you've ever seen. As for touring with our brothers in Creed, we'll be doing that all over the U.S. in the summer."

For the tour down under, Creed have replaced Sevendust with grungey Australian band Crash Palace. Dates begin Tuesday in Brisbane, Australia, and run through March 23 in Auckland, New Zealand. Switching opening acts is nothing new for Creed — in January the band replaced openers Puddle of Mudd with Tantric (see "Creed Pick Tantric, Not Puddle Of Mudd, To Join Tour").

Sevendust have scheduled three Florida shows for next month — April 26 in Miami, April 27 in Zephyr Hills and April 28 in Orlando.