Seether frontman Shaun Morgan has checked himself into an undisclosed rehabilitation center after having “admitted to himself and those close to him that he needs help and is making the proactive move to seek it,” according to a press release from the band’s label, Wind-Up Records.
Morgan’s treatment has forced the band to cancel its August touring plans; Seether were scheduled to hit the road with Staind and Three Days Grace starting August 5 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, for a 16-date run that was set to wrap up August 30 in Birmingham, Alabama. However, Seether will appear with Alice in Chains, Buckcherry and a host of others on Saturday, for a gig at Columbia Meadows on Oregon’s Deer Island.
According to the press release, following that gig, “all future plans have been placed on hold until further notice” because Morgan has “made a personal choice to attack what he sees as a dependence on a combination of substances.”
“I’m deeply sorry that this news comes right before a planned tour, especially one that I was so excited about, and I hope that everyone understands,” said Morgan in a statement. “I need help with addictions that I can’t kick on my own. These things are making me sick, and could potentially harm me permanently, so I need to take care of them as soon as possible. I hope the tour goes well, and we hope to be on the road again soon. Thank you again for your understanding and support.”
The release continues, “Over the last two years, Seether has performed in excess of four hundred shows. Compounded with the stresses of promoting and supporting [2005’s Karma and Effect], and then recording and promoting [the band’s latest, all-acoustic LP] One Cold Night without any form of an extended hiatus, Morgan has spread himself too thin and in turn made decisions he now regrets.”
Seether planned to play acoustic sets on the Staind trek, and have been touring in support of One Cold Night, which was released July 11 and debuted at #50 on the Billboard albums chart a week later.
News of Morgan’s voluntary rehabilitation comes two months after the departure of Patrick Callahan — the group’s longtime touring guitarist, who was made a full-fledged member two years ago (see “Seether Lose Guitarist; Frontman Credits Stomach With Acoustic Night“ ). He played his final set with the group June 3 in Great Falls, Montana.
A spokesperson for Wind-Up would not disclose the nature of Morgan’s substance-abuse problem, and declined to discuss which substances the singer is seeking treatment for.