Bullet for My Valentine’s Matt Tuck on ‘Beautiful Gesture’ Taking Late Fans Ashes on Tour
Recently it was reported that Bullet for My Valentine had volunteered to take the ashes of two young U.K.-based fans who died in a car accident on tour with them when they hit the U.S. this summer. Now the band is speaking about the decision to honor two of their late fans.
Frontman Matt Tuck tells Billboard, "It's never been asked of us before, but it's such a beautiful gesture. It makes you feel a bit funny inside." Reflecting on the story, Coz Powell, 21, and James Simmons, 18, died from injuries sustained in a an accident back in December. Both were students of a music college in the U.K. and the school, aware of both of their students' love for the band, reached out to Bullet for My Valentine to see if they would send their condolences to the families.
What followed was a request from the families to see if the band would take the ashes of the two men on tour. Both families had a jewelry-like holder designed that will contain the ashes and it's the desire that they be worn while touring the U.S.
Tuck stated, "It'll make the family a little bit happy in a s---ty situation. I can't even imagine [their grief], so anything we can do to help, it's not even a question." The rocker revealed that guitarist Michael "Padge" Paget has volunteered to take responsibility for transporting the remains and that he has the items carrying the ashes at his home.
Bullet for My Valentine will be supporting a new album when they arrive in the U.S. The group's latest effort, Venom, is due on Aug. 14 via RCA Records. The band recently released the song "No Way Out" as the first new music from the album. Pre-order options are available at this location.
Look for Bullet for My Valentine touring the U.S. with Slipknot, Lamb of God and Motionless in White on the "Summer's Last Stand" tour, kicking off July 24 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Dates can be found here.