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Gojira's Christian Andreu to sit out remainder of band's North America tour

Christian Andreu of Gojira
(Image credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Gojira guitarist Christian Andreu will not play the remainder of the band's current North America tour so that he can return home to be with his newborn child.

In a social media statement yesterday (May 17), the band announced the temporary recruitment of Aldrick Guadagnino of fellow French metallers Klone, who will handle six-string duties for the trek's remaining dates.

“[Guadagnino] will be with us until the end of this tour,” the statement reads. “Somehow we managed to find a French man that shreds the guitar and looks exactly like Christian!”

Gojira's current North America tour – which they are undertaking with California alt-metal titans Deftones – is scheduled to run until May 28, with eight dates remaining. The next show takes place tonight (May 18) at the Met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The jaunt was originally planned for summer 2020, but was twice postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the release of the band's seventh full-length, Fortitude, in April last year, their tour setlist has been peppered with cuts from the album, including Born For One Thing, Amazonia and Hold On.

In a 2021 interview with Guitar World, frontman Joe Duplantier waxed lyrical on the creation of Fortitude, describing his approach to guitar playing on the album as “very physical... but not sexual”.

“I have a physical approach to instruments; sometimes I'll pound on the guitar and it'll go ‘boom’ and I'll use that in a song,” he said, referring to what's now come to be known as the ‘Gojira’ pick scrape, heard, for example, on the album's eighth track, Sphinx.

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).