Onslaught's Sy Keeler to sit out tour of the Americas

Sy Keeler, vocalist of Onslaught, will sit out the band's tour of the Americas instead former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin will step in to fill the breach

Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler will sit out the bands upcoming Thrash Invasion tour of the US/Canada and South America due to health issues with his son. Joining Onslaught on the tour are Artillery and VX36.

Sy Keeler comments 'I know you are going to be disappointed with my decision as am I, but I sincerely hope you can understand our situation. My reason for this is the ongoing health issues with my son who has been suffering with a debilitating illness for some time, he is still on a downward path with no sign of any recovery on the horizon, therefore to be away for 2 months will put a lot of pressure on the family and increased anxiety on my son. We also have regular visits to specialists coming up during the next 6 months. Therefore at this time I am having to think of my family first and sadly I am unable to be away in the Americas for the duration intended.'
Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett adds 'We’re extremely gutted that Sy cannot make this tour and of course we wish Sy’s family all the best in this difficult time, we are positive things will improve in the very near future and look forward to having Sy with us back real soon. It was a really tough decision for us to make also, but Sy was very supportive that we take out a replacement vocalist to make this tour happen. So much work had already been carried out by our management, booking agents and promoters behind the scenes it would have been unfair to let our team down, the other bands down and most importantly not to let our fans down'.

'On a positive note, It’s gonna be awesome to have Neil Turbin on board for the tour, for me he’s always been one of the best thrash metal vocalists out there no question, his work on the Anthrax album Fistful of Metal was simply amazing and I believe he’s one of the only guys in the genre who could step into Sy’s shoes. I think It brings a unique edge to this tour and I’m sure the fans will really dig what they hear'.

Onslaught, Artillery and VX36 Thrash Invasion tour dates

23 Oct Brooklyn, New York, Saint Vitus
24 Oct Cambridge, Massachusetts, Middle East Club
25 Oct Long Branch, New Jersey, The Brighton Bar
26 Oct Peterborough, New Hampshire, The Wreck Room
28 Oct Chicago, Illinois, Reggie's
29 Oct Indianapolis, Indiana, The Headquarters
30 Oct Lakewood, Ohio, The Foundry
31 Oct Columbus, Ohio, The Alrosa Villa
01 Nov Rochester, New York, The Bug Jar
02 Nov Trenton, New Jersey, The Backstage at The Championship Bar
03 Nov Springfield, Virginia, Empire
04 Nov Hartford, Connecticut, Webster Underground
05 Nov Albany, New York, Bogie's
06 Nov Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, La Salle Multi
07 Nov Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Hard Luck
08 Nov Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mavericks
09 Nov Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Petit Campus
11 Nov Kingston, Canada, Mansion
12 Nov Detroit, Michigan, The Token Lounge
13 Nov Cudahy, Wisconsin, The Metal Grill
14 Nov Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, Pov's 65
15 Nov Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Zoo Cabaret
16 Nov Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Palomino's
17 Nov Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The Pawn Shop
18 Nov Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Red Room
19 Nov Seattle, Washington, Studio Seven
20 Nov Spokane, Washington, The Hop
21 Nov Victoria, B.C., Canada, The V-Lounge
22 Nov Portland, Oregon, Tonic Lounge
23 Nov San Francisco, California, The DNA Lounge
24 Nov Anaheim, California, Orange County Music Hall
25 Nov Mesa, Arizona, Club Red
26 Nov Hollywood, California, Whisky a Go Go