Volbeat revealed today that bassist Anders Kjølholm has left their current U.S. tour for personal reasons. Filling in for Kjølholm for the time being is The Damned Thing’s Josh Newton (also from Every Time I Die). The Danish garage metal band released the following statement:
“Due to recent developments, our bassist and friend Anders Kjølholm has taken a necessary break from the U.S. tour and returned home to Denmark to be with his family. Everyone is doing well, and we ask that you understand this is a personal matter and give Anders and his family the privacy they need. Filling in for Anders and pulling double duty will be our good friend Josh Newton from The Damned Things (and Every Time I Die). We want to thank Josh and The Damned Things camp for stepping up and helping us out.”
It’s fortunate that their tour mates are able to help them out, since it would have been a shame if Volbeat had to end this tour prematurely. It’s unclear as to how long Kjølholm will be absent from the road, but hopefully it won’t affect the band’s future plans too drastically. While they appear to be huge everywhere but in the U.S., their current tour seems to be helping out and their appearance at this year’s Revolver Golden God Award Show will definitely boost their popularity. And from the submissions we’ve received so far for our autographed CD contest, it appears that more of you are getting into Volbeat, which is awesome.
We wish Kjølholm the best and hope everything is ok. We’ll keep you posted if more develops.