OVERKILL singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth recently confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that guitarist Dave Linsk will be sitting out of the band’s March 2022 U.S. tour due to “personal reasons”. He will be temporarily replaced by VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel.
“We’ve used Phil in the past when we’ve had issues,” Bobby said. “We’re prepared. We’re ready. It’s not about the strength of the individual but about the strength of the unit. We found that out with Phil when he stepped in.
“It’s just nice to be able to do what you do whether you’re the concertgoer or whether you’re the concert performer,” he added. “Let’s get back to normal. Let’s do what we do best. Let’s have a little bit of fun.”
Demmel has stepped in for Linsk previously for OVERKILL’s November 13, 2021 concert at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey.
Ellsworth and Demmel are also bandmates in the project BPMD, which released its debut album, “American Made”, in June 2020 via Napalm Records. Also featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO) and bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE), the LP was previously described as a “10-track homage to some of rock music’s greatest treasures.”
OVERKILL’s U.S. tour with PRONG kicks off on March 3 in Poughkeepsie, New York and wraps up on March 19 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.