DevilDriver Bassist Aaron Patrick Released From Hospital After Near-Fatal Bout of Pneumonia
Patrick was diagnosed with streptococcus pneumonia and subsequently missed a number of dates on DevilDriver's current tour. The bassist started feeling sick symptoms a few days before the band's March 15 appearance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
His mother, Jane, previously said in a statement, "The streptococcus pneumonia has damaged Aaron's liver, kidneys and bone marrow. He has been able to cough up a fair amount of infection, but his lungs are still very full. Along with the pneumonia there have also been a series of side effects that are taking a toll on his body. A horrible case of pancreatitis has developed, which caused his fever to persist. He is still dependent on oxygen and cannot be released until he can breathe sufficiently (on his own)... The doctor told me it was touch and go before I got here... Prayers please!"
Patrick has been ordered at least a week of bed rest before he could go back out on the road to meet up with DevilDriver.
DevilDriver hired Patrick in March of 2011 after longtime bassist Johnathan Miller quit the band after years of struggling with drugs and alcohol. Patrick previously was a member of Bury Your Dead.
'Beast,' DevilDriver's fifth studio album, was released in early 2011. The California-based band is currently out on the Metal Alliance tour along with Job for a Cowboy, Dying Fetus and 3 Inches of Blood, The Faceless, Impending Doom, and Wretched. The remaining tour dates are listed below.
DevilDriver tour dates:
03/22 Danvers, MA, Palace Ballroom
03/23 Montreal, QC, Le National
03/24 Toronto, ON, Opera House
03/25 Columbus, OH, Alrosa Villa
03/26 Joliet, IL, Mojoe's
03/27 St Paul, MN, Station-4
03/28 Winnipeg, MB, Garrick Centre
03/29 Regina, SK, Riddell Centre
03/30 Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Events Centre
03/31 Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theater
04/01 Seattle, WA, Studio Seven
04/02 Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theater
04/05 Oakland, CA, The Pound
04/06 Hollywood, CA, The Music Box
04/07 Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theater
04/09 Denver, CO, The Summit Music Hall
04/10 Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
04/11 Des Moines, IA, 7 Flags Event Center
04/13 Memphis, TN, New Daisy Theater
04/15 Lawrence, KS, Granada Theater
04/16 Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
04/19 Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
04/20 Austin, TX, Emo's East
04/21 Houston, TX, House Of Blues