Asking Alexandria will be heading back to the U.K. this week to kick off their European tour, but guitarist Ben Bruce will not be joining them. The musician has revealed that the will be sitting out the band's dates this month while he awaits the birth of his child.

Bruce is one of the founding members of the band and reveals this will be the first time he's stepped away from the group. He explains his absence in a message to fans that can be read below:

This is the first time I've not joined the guys and it's really saddening and a very strange feeling, but I know they are going to be just fine, and they are going to kill it for you guys.
The reason I can't be on this run is due to the fact that I am expecting the arrival of my baby girl any time now, and as you all know, myself, the lads and this band has always lived by 'family first.'
This is an incredibly exciting time in my life and I cannot wait to introduce you all to my little angel.
I hope you guys understand why I can't be at the shows. I do, however, have the privilege of letting you guys know this early.. In September, we will be announcing an incredible U.K./European tour for the beginning of the year, so don't worry, I am coming for you!
Thank you all for your endless amount of love and support. I'll be at these few shows in spirit, give the guys all the love in the world and sing my parts at the top of your lungs. I'll see you all next year.

After playing Dirtfest in Pontiac, Mich. yesterday, the band is heading back to the U.K. and will play in Southampton on Monday (Aug. 15). The rest of the month includes a mix of festival dates and their own scheduled shows. See their itinerary here.

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