Once Human guitarist Max Karon has replaced Chris Cain in Bad Wolves.
In March 2022, Cain left Bad Wolves’ tour with Papa Roach and Hollywood Undead due to “personal reasons.” Olly Steele, formerly of Monuments, then filled in for him.
“It’s with great excitement that we announce our new permanent guitar player: Max Karon,” Bad Wolves said on social media. “The funny thing is that Max isn’t new to us, he started the band with founder John Boecklin in 2014 and was a major writer/player on all three Bad Wolves albums. Being a key ingredient to the Bad Wolves sound, this was a no-brainer decision. There is no other person on this earth that would be a better fit for Bad Wolves than Max.”
Karon said: “Words can hardly express how thrilled and grateful I am for this opportunity, and how right it feels to be here. Having been part of Bad Wolves since the very beginning, I’m so proud to be joining in full. It’s amazing how far this band has come, and I’m so excited and driven to see how far we can go. I’m looking forward to everything about this new chapter. I’ll see you out there!”
In a 2021 interview with Guitar World, Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle referred to Karon as the band’s “secret weapon.”
“There used to be a guy in the band called Max Karon, he also plays in Once Human with Logan Mader, of Machine Head fame,” Coyle said. “Max was in this band before it was called Bad Wolves. Our first album, ‘Disobey,’ had a lot of riffs and music written just by John and Max. By the time they’d finished the record, Max decided he didn’t want to be ‘in’ the band but he’s always been our behind-the-scenes guy.
Cain confirmed his departure from the band in April on Instagram.
“It’s not much of a secret anymore, that I’ve left Bad Wolves,” he said. “I want to thank all the fans for the support over the last 4 years. This doesn’t mean the end of my music career, just my time with the band. I wish Bad Wolves the best moving forward and great success. Sometimes in life you have to do what’s best for you and for me it was stepping away. I’m in a good place mentally now and can’t wait to start my new adventures. Thank you again Wolfpack, I will miss you all!”
Bad Wolves’ 2021 album “Dear Monsters” marked its recording debut with new singer Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz, and the band is set to be part of the Rockzilla Summer Tour, co-headlined by Papa Roach and Falling in Reverse and also featuring Hollywood Undead.
Bad Wolves’ latest single, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” (featuring Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills), recently landed in the top five at U.S. mainstream rock radio. It is the band’s eighth single to reach the top 10 and seventh to reach the top five. Singles “Zombie” (a cover of The Cranberries hit), “Remember When,” “Killing Me Slowly” and “Sober” all hit number one.
Rockzilla Summer Tour:
Papa Roach and Falling Reverse with Hollywood Undead and Bad Wolves
7/27 — East Providence, RI — Bold Point Pavilion
7/29 — Bangor, ME — Maine Savings Amphitheatre
7/30 — Gilford, NH — Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/31 — Bridgeport, CT — Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
8/2 — Reading, PA — Santander Arena
8/3 — Middletown, NY — Summerstage At OCFS
8/4 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater At Lakeview
8/6 — Bay City, MI — Veteran’s Memorial Park
8/7 — Milwaukee, WI — Miller High Life Theatre
8/9 — Sturgis, SD — Sturgis Buffalo Chip
8/10 — Grand Forks, ND — Alerus Center
8/12 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock Casino Battery Park
8/13 — Dubuque, IA — Q Casino Backwaters Stage
8/14 — Green Bay, WI — Capital Credit Union Park
8/16 — Mankato, MN — Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center
8/19 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/20 — Airway Heights, WA — Northern Quest Resort & Casino
8/21 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
8/23 — Irvine, CA — Fivepoint Amphitheater
8/25 — Las Vegas, NV — The Theater At Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
8/27 — El Paso, TX — Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
8/29 — Kansas City, KS — Azura Amp
8/30 — Little Rock, AR — First Security Amphitheater
8/31 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium