Just last month, Black Tusk bassist Jonathan Athon met an unfortunate demise due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Our hearts still go out to his friends, family, and fans around the world who were deeply affected by this tragedy.
However, despite the hardship, Black Tusk will carry on and is set for a European tour in early 2015 alongside Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society. Bassist Corey Barhorst (Niche, ex-Kylesa) will be taking up bass duties for this tour.
Black Tusk commented on them moving forward.
It’s been an incredibly trying time for us over the past month and we want to thank everyone for their support. We had confirmed the tour with Black Label Society and finished the new album before Athon‘s accident and Athon, specifically, had been very excited about the opportunity to tour with BLS and we feel there’s no way he’d want things to end on this note. Corey Barhorst, formerly of Kylesa and currently of Niche, will be stepping in for Athon for the time being. All of us go back over 10 years and Corey seemed the natural choice to carry on for Athon.
Dates are already available for the upcoming tour.
02/11 Glasgow, UK – 02 ABC
02/12 Birmingham, UK – The Institute
02/13 London, UK – Roundhouse
02/14 Bristol, UK – Bristol 02 Academy
02/15 Leeds, UK – Leeds 02 Academy
02/17 Norwich, UK – Norwich UEA
02/18 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
02/19 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
02/21 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
02/22 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
02/24 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
02/25 Dortmund, GER – FZW Freizeitzentrum West
02/26 Paris, FRA – Le Bataclan
02/27 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laitere
03/01 Aarhus, DEN – Train
03/03 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller Music Hall
03/05 Stockholm, SWE – Close Up Baten (Crusie)
03/06 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturl
03/08 Tallinn, EST – Rock Cafe
03/09 Vilnius, LIT – Forum Palace
03/11 Gdansk, POL – B90
03/12 Krakow, POL – Studio
03/14 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
03/15 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
Those looking to help and support Jonathan Athon’s girlfriend and family are encouraged to donate to the Athon Memorial Fund via PayPal at [email protected]