Johnny Kelly Joins Kill Devil Hill.
Kill Devil Hill are proud to announce the addition of Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly to the band. Kelly, who also plays with Danzig and his own band A Pale Horse Named Death, replaces the recently departed Vinny Appice.
“I’m really excited about coming on board with Kill Devil Hill,” says Johnny Kelly. “I’ve been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long-time. It’s also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I’m ready for that challenge as I prepare for Kill Devil Hill’s next chapter – this is gonna be a blast!”
The band will play their first shows with Johnny Kelly behind the kit April 4-6 [see dates below], three warm-up shows before embarking on an Australian run with Killswitch Engage. More expansive North American dates will be announced shortly.
Adds Kill Devil Hill bassist Rex Brown: “We all have a lot of love and respect for Vinny and have been honored to have jammed with him over the last few years – we wish Vinny well with all his future endeavors, it has been a blast!”
“It’s been a great musical adventure from the beginning, but the time has now come to go our separate ways and continue to make music that we love,” says Appice of his decision to leave the band.
Featuring Pantera and former Down bassist Rex Brown, ex-Pissing Razors front man Dewey Bragg, acclaimed session/touring guitarist Mark Zavon and now Type O Negative, Danzig and A Pale Horse Named Death drummer Johnny Kelly, Kill Devil Hill deliver a crushing sound that combines a contemporary feel with a classic aesthetic that few bands today can rival. The band will be on the road throughout 2014.
4: Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
5: Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
6: Long Beach, CA – Gas Lamp
KILL DEVIL HILL Australian Tour
(with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)
11: Brisbane, QLD – Eaton’s Hill
12: Kensington, NSW – UNSW Roundhouse
13: Melbourne, Victoria – Palace Theatre
15: Adelaide, SA – HQ Complex
16: Perth, WA – Metro City
More North American dates to be announced shortly…