Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach clears the air with former frontman Howard Jones

“Here we are over 6 years after my return & I’ve seen those issues dissolve, be forgiven & friends reuniting behind the scenes…”

Exciting words from current Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach about the band’s (and his) reunion with former vocalist Howard Jones at their London show recently. In a very heartfelt and positive post on Instagram, Leach wanted to address the fan backlash and comparisons between the singers and attempt to put an end to the “so-called” bitter rivalry fans have created in the scene:

“First of all I’ve watched the members of Killswitch live above the nonsense that most all bands go through when dealing with parting ways with a band member. There weren’t headlines about their issues or personal brawls & disrespecting anyone’s character. They had their issues Howard had his & they parted ways. Here we are over 6 years after my return & I’ve seen those issues dissolve, be forgiven & friends reuniting behind the scenes. This level of respect & friendship is admirable & I’m honored to be a part of it. I wasn’t close to Howard during all of this & it wasn’t my business to talk about it. However now I consider Howard a friend. So I decided to shine light on the positive aspects of this history & relationship by extending a hand of solidarity & recognition.”

Clearing the air, he stated that there is no bad blood between the members of KSE and Howard Jones, and likewise for Howard‘s new band Light The Torch, which Jesse encouraged fans to get behind and support:

“My friends have overcome & forgiven so I take this opportunity to show my solidarity and respect for that. Support both bands, focus on the beauty of friendship and stop wasting time on comparison and a possibility that has no bearing on reality.”

He also goes on to clear up any rumours or hearsay about his opinion of Howard’s time with Killswitch following his departure back in 2002, stating:

“I also feel I have to recognize all of the hard work Howard put in for 9 years with KSE. I am a fan of his work and now his friend & I want him to do well with his band @lightthetorchband and his career.”

THAT is what this is about, respect and solidarity, not division & comparison.

“Killswitch isn’t changing its line up & my ego or insecurities will not dictate how I carry myself in my career. My friends have overcome & forgiven so I take this opportunity to show my solidarity and respect for that. Support both bands, focus on the beauty of friendship and stop wasting time on comparison and a possibility that has no bearing on reality.”

Wise words we can all live by, there’s too much drama in the world and if we have a more positive outlook on how we live our lives, it’ll be beneficial for everyone around us. Let bygones be bygones and stop comparing old with new and start appreciating what we have in front of us. I for one can’t wait to see what these bands do in future, especially now all the so-called “bad blood” has been addressed.

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I challenge you to re post this and share this. If you are a media outlet then why not help spread some positivity today? First of all I’ve watched the members of Killswitch live above the nonsense that most all bands go through when dealing with parting ways with a band member. There weren’t headlines about their issues or personal brawls & disrespecting anyone’s character. They had their issues Howard had his & they parted ways. Here we are over 6 years after my return & I’ve seen those issues dissolve, be forgiven & friends reuniting behind the scenes. This level of respect & friendship is admirable & I’m honored to be a part of it. I wasn’t close to Howard during all of this & it wasn’t my business to talk about it. However now I consider Howard a friend. So I decided to shine light on the positive aspects of this history & relationship by extending a hand of solidarity & recognition. So I asked him to sing on a song for the new album (which he did) & now to join us on stage to sing a song with us. I understand we are different vocalists & some people have a preference. Hell prior to my vocal surgery I wasn’t sure about my vocal performances, it was rough. However I’ve learned a great deal since then not just about proper technique but about the power of words, music & having a voice. After having a second chance at this as a career I decided to use this voice for what it was intended for, to bring people together. I also feel I have to recognize all of the hard work Howard put in for 9 years with KSE. I am a fan of his work and now his friend & I want him to do well with his band @lightthetorchband and his career. THAT is what this is about, respect and solidarity, not division & comparison. Killswitch isn’t changing its line up & my ego or insecurities will not dictate how I carry myself in my career. My friends have overcome & forgiven so I take this opportunity to show my solidarity and respect for that. Support both bands, focus on the beauty of friendship and stop wasting time on comparison and a possibility that has no bearing on reality. Make this about what it is, the power of friendship, forgiveness, humility and respect! Music is Life! All hails!

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Killswitch Engage return to Australia soon supporting Parkway Drive
AND playing their own Headline Shows in Sydney and Melbourne

Reverence Tour

Thu Oct 25– UC Refectory, Canberra 
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Fri Oct 26– Hordern Pavilion, Sydney Lic / AA  
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Sat Oct 27– NEX, Newcastle 
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Sun Oct 28– Riverstage, Brisbane Lic / AA
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Fri Nov 02– Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Lic / AA
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Sat Nov 03– Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Lic / AA
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Tue Nov 06– HBF Stadium, Perth Lic / AA
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Killswitch Engage – Headline Shows 2018

Oct 30 @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Nov 1 @ Max Watts, Melb SOLD OUT

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2 Comments on Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach clears the air with former frontman Howard Jones

  1. He left the band in 2012, not 2002

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