We just learned that Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, prompting him to cancel his clinic at this weekend’s Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas.
Bittner released the following statement about his condition: “For over a week, what I thought was a stomach bug (and I was still on tour when all of this started), I came home last week and went to the doctors, and it was written off as just that, a bug. This past Saturday the pain came back and lingered into Sunday which forced me into the emergency room yesterday. After a day in the hospital I was poked, prodded, tested and it turns out I have acute pancreatitis, which I’m told can be very serious if left untreated.
“They’re not sure what brought it on (my Dr thinks it was viral), but I have been told by my doctors to not leave this week because I need to [be] sent for more tests/mri, etc to make 100% sure I’ll be road ready for the second leg of the SF tour which starts Nov. 8th — I should be fine, but needless to say I’m very disappointed I will not be able to come perform in Austin this week! Maybe Pasic 2013?”