The show will go on. Stabbing Westward will be replacing fallen drummer Andy Kubiszewski with former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna on three key dates in the near future, and then will continue to tour with session player Geoff Dugmore (Killing Joke, Tim Finn, Stevie Nicks). Kubiszewski broke his collarbone while in-line skating just prior to the band's show at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, May 21. His injury initially caused the cancellation of 14 shows on the band's Spring tour. His recovery is expected to take five weeks or more.
Vrenna will be manning the kit June 7 in Kansas City, June 12 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and Sacramento, June 13. The dates are largely radio station festivals or special industry events. Dugmore takes over from there.
Vrenna was a logical choice. In 1991, he toured with Stabbing Westward singer Christopher Hall as part of Die Warzaw then joined him in the studio to play on the original Stabbing
Westward demos that led to the band's deal with Columbia. Vrenna re- joined NIN instead of joining Stabbing Westward. Coincidentally, current drummer Kubiszewski, Trent Reznor and Vrenna were all in the band Exotic Birds. Kubiszewski was the singer/guitar player, Reznor was on keyboards.
Vrenna's taking time out from a production schedule and a solo project. He's been in the news of late for his programming and production duties with the Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Hole and others. (see "Chris Vrenna Reworking Green Day's 'Brain Stew' For 'Godzilla'" )