LOS ANGELES, CA (March 26, 2008) – Valient Himself announced today that Valient Thorr will be postponing all activities April 15 through June 10 to allow him to donate a kidney to his ailing father. Valient’s decision to take public what is a private family event stems from the National Kidney Foundation’s outreach. As Valient Thorr is on a single-minded mission to spread their message of redemption wrapped in rock n’ roll, this is another chance to illuminate a critically important issue that people don`t think about unless they are personally touched. Says Valient, “If I can go from a hospital bed to playing in front of a crowd of 75,000 at the UK’s Download Festival in just eight weeks, people out there might consider becoming organ donors as well. If they have family members who need a kidney, it`s definitely something to think about; and if not, they can still learn about designating themselves as organ donors on their driver`s license.” More information on kidney donations can be found at www.kidney.org or www.livingdonors.org
Says Catherine Paykin, Transplant Services Program Director, National Kidney Foundation, “We are delighted that Valient Himself has decided to take his donation story public. We hope that it serves to shed light on the lifesaving power of organ donation and encourages others to get involved. We wish him and his father a speedy recovery.”
Prior to Valient Himself’s scheduled surgery on April 29, the band will play a private show at the Volcom skate park on April 8 to air May 29 on Fuel TV’s Check 1, 2. They will resume their European tour on June 13 and return to the U.S. for a nationwide tour beginning in July. Information on specific dates will be posted as available on www.ValientThorr.com.
Valient Thorr will release Immortalizer on June 17 on Volcom Entertainment. The new record — their fourth in five years — is a testament to the band’s hard-working existence, with a staggeringly productive tour schedule that finds them averaging close to 250 dates a year (this surgery rest being Valient’s longest time off since 2003). Immortalizer was recorded in Seattle with the legendary Jack Endino, producer of seminal albums by Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney, as well as younger upstarts Hot Hot Heat and High On Fire. Immortalizer follows in the footsteps of the band’s self-released 2003 debut, Stranded on Earth, their 2005 Volcom debut, Total Universe Man, and 2006’s Legend of the World. New guitarist Voiden Thorr brings a sharper metal edge into the fold, joining fellow six-stringer Eidan Thorr, drummer Lucian Thorr and bassist Nitewolf.