The drummer of US rock band The Offspring said he was removed from the tour after refusing to receive the COVID vaccine for health reasons.
- Pete Parada says he fears he won’t survive the vaccine because of Guillain-Barré syndrome
- He says he doesn’t have “hard feelings” for the group he’s been with since 2007.
- The Offspring will begin their US tour on August 8
Pete Parada said in a post on Instagram that a doctor advised him not to get vaccinated for an autoimmune disorder.
He said that because he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, “the risks outweigh the benefits” for him and his family, which he said hoped to keep him “a little bit longer”.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare but serious autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack healthy nerve cells in the body’s peripheral nervous system.
The drummer said he contracted COVID over a year ago and only had mild symptoms, “so I’m sure I’ll get over it again”.
As a result, “it has been recently decided that I am not safe being in the studio and on tour,” he said.
He added that he “had no strong feelings” for the group and said they believed the decision was in the best interest for them.
Known for hits like 1998’s Pretty Fly (for The White Man), The Offspring will begin their US tour on August 8. The group has yet to respond to Parada’s comments.
Parada joined the group in 2007 and it is unclear whether he is leaving permanently at this time.