Drummer Sam McCandless Re-Joins COLD; On Tour Now!


Cold fans had a wonderful surprise Thursday night (August 29th) when the band kicked off their Broken Human Tour in Teaneck, New Jersey at Debonair Music Hall. The tour; their first in 8 years is in support of the bands sixth studio album ‘The Things We Can’t Stop’ set to release September 13 via Napalm Records. On January 14, 2018 Cold announced that drummer and one of the founding members of the band Sam McCandless would not be joining the band on the new album or tour to pursue other commitments and to work on his other band The Cocky Bitches. Sam is beloved by fans and is an integral part of the band, not to mention he is a tremendously talents drummer that puts on an amazing show. Sam was Stepping in to fill some big shoes was drummer Ethan York. Ethan has spent the last year or so with the band. Fans were shocked when they arrived for the first date of the bands current tour to see none other than Sam McCandless with the band. Some initially thought he may just be there to see the show and support the band, but when the lights turned down and the band made their way to the stage Sam made his way to his throne behind the drum kit. He later confirmed to a member of the fan group Cold Army that he was back in Cold permanently.

Well after the show had ended and fans were posting on social media about Sam’s return now former drummer Ethan York made a statement via Facebook about his departure from the band. You can see his full statement below:

As many of you know by now, Sam McCandless has returned to COLD, replacing me for the current tour. Sam has a long history with the band, so as a COLD fan myself I am excited for this reunion. As the COLD drummer for the last few years, I am disappointed. The COLD Army is my family and I was looking forward to meeting all of you in person at the shows. Despite this I have nothing but love and good will toward the band and wish them success on this tour. And there is always the next tour.
Over the last year I have been approached by some major acts, but always declined due to my obligation to COLD. I am excited to now pursue those and other opportunities. I hope my friends here will continue to follow my career in the journey ahead. Thank you for your love and support.

–Ethan York


Though York mentions he has “nothing but love and good will toward the band” he also mentions he has been approached by other bands and had opportunities to perform with them either as a hired gun or a full member. Ethan York is a superbly talented drummer on all accounts and we wish him the best and hope he finds a new home behind the drums soon, but Sam McCandless will always be the best fit as the drummer for Cold. He has been there from the very beginning in 1986 when the band formed and remained a member for the years they were active up until 2015. There are still plenty of opportunities to see Cold live as they have 32 dates remaining on the Broken Human Tour which also features Awake For Days and University Drive. Cold is one of the most emotional and passionate bands you will ever see live. Vocalist Scooter Ward sings with incredible passion and you can feel the emotion in every word of the songs. The bands setlist thus far has included hits from all of the bands 5 previous albums as well as some from the upcoming album. Get out and see the band live and make sure to pick up ‘The Things We Can’t Stop’ when it releases on September 13th. You can check out the bands newest singles below as well as the remaining tour dates.

Cold / Awake for Days / University Drive |2019 Tour Dates

Aug. 31 – New Bedford, Mass. @ The Vault at Greasy Luck
Sept. 01 – Scranton, Pa. @ Levels
Sept. 04 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Iron Works
Sept. 06 – Warrendale, Pa. @ Jergels
Sept. 07 – Lancaster, Pa. @ Chameleon Club
Sept. 08 – Concord, Va. @ DeVault Vineyards – Blue Ridge Rock Festival *
Sept. 10 – Greensboro, N.C. @ Blind Tiger
Sept. 11 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade (Hell)
Sept. 13 – Greenville, S.C. @ The Firmament
Sept. 14 – Winchester, Va. @ Blue Fox Billiards
Sept. 15 – Poughkeepsie, N.Y. @ The Chance
Sept. 17 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Sept. 19 – Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Sound Stage
Sept. 20 – Lakewood, Ohio @ Winchester Music Tavern
Sept. 21 – Flint, Mich. @ The Machine Shop
Sept. 22 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverfront Live
Sept. 27 – Houston, Texas @ Scout Bar
Sept. 28 – San Antonio, Texas @ The Rock Box
Sept. 29 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
Oct. 01 – Austin, Texas @ Come And Take It Live
Oct. 04 – Denver, Colo. @ Herman’s Hideaway
Oct. 05 – Grand Junction, Colo. @ Mesa Theater
Oct. 06 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Sunshine Studios Live
Oct. 08 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Bourbon Theatre
Oct 10 – Angola, Ind. @ The Eclectic Room
Oct. 11 – Ringle, Wis. @ Q and Z Expo Center
Oct. 12 – Kansasville, Wis. @ 1175
Oct. 13 – Chicago, Ill. @ Bottom Lounge
Oct. 16 – Belvidere, Ill. @ The Apollo Theater
Oct. 18 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ The Vogue
Oct. 19 – Champaign, Ill. @ The City Center
Oct. 20 – Lexington, Ky. @ Manchester Music Hall
*No Awake for Days / University Drive


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