Protest the Hero lead guitarist announces his retirement from touring
Protest the Hero guitarist Luke Hoskin has announced his retirement from touring with the band. Though he’s no longer hitting the road with his 20-year-old band, Hoskin will continue to contribute creatively as a studio member of the band.
Protest the Hero has not been on the road for more than three years, with their first 2020 tour dates canceled due to the COVID pandemic. Hoskin found himself relieved when his band’s shows were suddenly canceled, leaving him to contemplate his future as a touring musician.
“First of all, I want to say that I’ve shot and returned many nights debating this decision. The rest of PTH and I have been playing live for more than half of our lives at this point, so stepping away from one of the things I know best hasn’t been an easy decision, ”writes Hoskin.
“As the band took a break from live music (like we all did when the pandemic hit), it gave me some time to gain clarity. Although my heart turned to other artists who felt the ill effects of not being able to tour, I found myself feeling the opposite: somewhat relieved that the tour was not being considered. I’ve always thought the stress associated with touring was worth it. A day filled with challenges and tension was always relieved by the hour (or so) we played at night.
“And while this rings true for most of my touring career, at some point my love of performing live started to wear off, which made it harder for me to justify all the other challenges that accompanied him. I found myself trying to “get through” rather than soaking up and enjoying the process. Knowing this, I’m sure it’s time for me to take a step back from the live side of things.
“I can say without any hesitation that the guys in the band who keep the show going still really like it. Night after night, I saw them savor the moments they spent on stage, each beaming after the set. Lovers of shows, you will be in good hands to move forward.
“It doesn’t mean that I’m not part of the group yet. Guys let me stay to write, record and laugh jokes on our Discord. Writing, arranging and recording have always been my favorite parts of a band, and I consider it a privilege to continue to write riffs for PTH. That’s really all I can do on the guitar … “
Guitarist Ben Davis was chosen to play the lead role on tour in place of Hoskin. Touring bassist Eric Gonsalves also left the group, with Henry Selva (The Human Abstract) taking his place.
“Henry ‘Hankzercules’ Selva of The Human Abstract will play bass and bring his best Stomp Soulfly on stage for PTH. Hank is someone we have known for years and with whom we have spent many days on tour. We are so happy that he now shares the stage, ”writes the group.
“Our group is a much larger community than the ‘members’ you see on stage. Over the years, many people have helped make Protest The Hero what it is today. There are many roles that need to be filled for this to work, and in the past it may have been a ‘are you in or are you out? These days it definitely takes a village and we are happy to welcome our two new idiots. “
Protest the Hero has also announced a handful of Canadian concerts for March 2022. Tickets go on sale November 26 at 10 a.m. local time. Check these dates below.
01/03 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Bronson Center
02/03 – Montreal, Quebec @ Fairmount Theater
03/03 – Quebec City, Quebec @ Imperial
05/03 – London, Ontario @ London Music Hall
03/11 – Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth
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