Overkill is back on the road starting tonight in NYC, touring for the first time since suddenly canceling their opening slot on Judas Priest's North American jaunt earlier this year.
Singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth confirmed in an AOL Nightclub chat on the weekend that the band was forced to cancel just days before the first date when he was diagnosed with nasal cancer.
Blitz joked that he was "okay for a dead guy." He told concerned fans that he didn't expect to have to deal with it again, and while he isn't 100% cured, he is making a strong comeback and currently is enjoying a clean bill of health.
Overkill, with Blitz at the helm, has been a cult metal favorite for the past 10 years; their collective releases have sold a total of well over one million copies. The band is touring to support their new album, "From The Underground & Below," released on CMC.
They're certainly not taking it easy on the road. They're playing almost every night this month,
including 25 of the next 26 days before heading to Europe in May for another headlining tour.
Their U.S. schedule is as follows:
- 4/1 - New York, NY @ Coney Island High
- 4/2 - Providence, RI @ Met Cafe
- 4/3 - Rochester, NY @Penny Arcade
- 4/4 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
- 4/5 - Toronto, ON @ TBD
- 4/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Graffiti Showcase
- 4/8 - Altoona, PA @ Sebastiano's
- 4/9 - Erie, PA @ Sherlock's
- 4/10 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
- 4/11 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
- 4/12 - Bay City, MI @ Caliber Club
- 4/13 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
- 4/14 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
- 4/15 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's Annex
- 4/16 - Clinton, IA @ To Be Announced
- 4/17 - St. Paul, MN @ Ryan's
- 4/18 - Des Moines, IA @ Edge
- 4/19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 4/20 - Lexington, KY @ A1A
- 4/21 - London, ONT @ Embassy
- 4/22 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
- 4/23 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
- 4/24 -
Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill Nite Club
- 4/25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
- 4/26 - Springfield, MA @ Infinity