"The end of an era," describes Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D'Antonio. Mike broke his beloved thunderbird bass in Austin, (don't mess with) TX last week. "I smashed it on a pole that was in the middle of the stage...I was depressed...but the bartenders in Austin took care of me - fed me beer, they were good to me. I had it (the bass guitar) for 7 years...it was like my wife!" Our deepest condolences. Onward and upward: first confirmed tour dates for Killswitch Engage on the road with Kittie are here, and they go like this: 7/09 - St. Louis - Pop's 7/10 - Bloomington, IL - Lafayette Club 7/12 - Minneapolis - First Avenue 7/13 - Madison, WI - Club Raven 7/14 - Fargo, ND - Playmaker's Pavilion note I: for the above dates, Kittie headlines, Poison the Well plays directly prior, Shadows Fall and Hotwire also appear. The almighty Killswitch Engage will appear second out of the five, performing directly prior to Shadows Fall. note II: Mike's got a brand new bass. Word has it he is now playing some sort of new Ibanez. note III: Killswitch Engage Alive Or Just Breathing in stores now