Epica vocalist Simone Simons is now expecting her first child with her longtime boyfriend, Kamelot keyboardist Oliver Palotai. As a result, to ensure the full health and safety of Simons and the baby, Epica have officially suspended all touring activities for this year starting from July 1st onwards (any effects in Kamelot’s tour schedule on Palotai’s part is yet to be heard of).
“Simone and longtime partner Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Sons of Seasons) are expecting their first child around the end of summer. To ensure the best possible pregnancy and considering Simone’s and the babies health, we have decided to stop our live activities from the 1st of July. This means Epica will not play this years Masters of Rock festival in the Czech Republic.
However this does not mean Epica won’t do anything!
Our Retrospect live-DVD will be released upcoming fall. Furthermore, during the second half of 2013 Epica will start working on a brand new record which will be released in 2014.
Here’s wishing the happy couple congratulations and a joyful road through the pregnancy!