Shinedown’s Barry Kerch drops off tour due to positive COVID-19 test

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Shinedown drummer Barry Kerch is dropping off the band’s tour due to testing positive for COVID-19.

In an Instagram video posted Thursday, Kerch shares that contracted the virus sometime during rehearsals, even though he’s fully vaccinated.

“I’d followed all the rules, wore a mask, washed my hands,” Kerch says. “Unfortunately, I’m one of those ones that got it even though I was [vaccinated].”

Kerch is currently quarantining, and says that while he’s “had symptoms,” his “health is good.”

“Until I’ve finished my quarantine and test negative, I’m stuck in these four walls,” Kerch says. “I can’t risk it for my band and my crew, they’re all doing fine.”

Shinedown will still continue with their tour, which kicks off Thursday in Davenport, Iowa, with Sixx:A.M. touring drummer Dustin Steinke filling in for Kerch.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)


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