This emergency installment of Toxicity is brought to you by yet another curveball from The Airborne Toxic Event, who seem to delight in keeping us on our toes of late. We’ll still have a regular Toxicity for you on Friday, but today’s news calls for a
hastily-written special bulletin.
Ashley Out, Adrian In
Mere hours before the band takes to the stage for this evening’s inaugural show of their quickie February tour, they surprised us with an announcement:
Due to unforeseen, last-minute circumstances, our temporary Noah replacement, Ashley Dzerigian, will be unable to join us for this tour. To fill in on bass, we’ve gone and recruited our buddy Adrian Rodriguez to step up to the task. He’s a quick study, monster bassist, and more-than-capable late-night drinking partner. We’ve hazed him and now welcome him proudly to our wolf pack.
Which more than likely explains this tweet from Anna Bulbrook a couple days ago:
rehearsed til my fingers and brain are pulp.
— Anna Bulbrook (@annabulbrook) February 4, 2014
There’s no word yet on what exactly the circumstances are that necessitated this last minute swap, but we hope everything is okay with Ashley. We were excited to see her contributions to the band over the next couple weeks, so we’re sorry to see her go. But we welcome Adrian to the group and wish him the best of luck on the tour. It can’t be easy being called off the bench at the last minute, but we know that TATE fans will be quick to embrace him, as they were with Ashley.
Who is Adrian?
Unfortunately, we had an even harder time digging up information on Adrian on short notice than we did with Ashley. But, thanks to a little birdie who sent me some links and asked not to be named, we do know that he’s the touring bassist for Hanni El Khatib, a singer-songwriter and musician based in Los Angeles, whose style mixes garage rock and blues. You can see Adrian doing his thing here, as El Khatib and his band play their song “Family.”
And here’s an acoustic take of the song “Penny.”
If you want to keep up with Adrian on Twitter, you can find him @adrianbear.
We look forward to hearing the reports of Adrian’s first TATE show tonight in St. Petersburg!
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.