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Volbeat’s Drummer Has COVID; Ex-Slayer Drummer Jon Dette to Replace Him for Dates with Ghost


Even with the Great Panic of 2022 in the past, artists are still having a hard time navigating our COVID-choked society as they try to bring live music back to the stage. Now, one band who’re learning to roll with the punches and make lemonade are Danish Elvis-worshippers Volbeat, whose drummer Jon Larsen has tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to sit out of select dates on the band’s current co-headlining tour with Ghost.

Volbeat were forced to cancel last night’s show (Friday, January 28th) at Ford Idaho Center Arena in Boise, Idaho last night, and issued the following statement:

“Boise Volfam: unfortunately this morning Jon tested positive for COVID, so we will have to cancel our appearance tonight at Idaho Center. Jon is asymptomatic and feeling fine, so we’re hopeful he will be back behind the kit soon. GHOST and TWIN TEMPLE are still playing, but refunds are available from your point of purchase if requested. In the meantime, our great friend and amazing drummer Jon Dette is dropping everything to meet up with us in Portland and will be filling in until our Jon is cleared to return, so we can resume the tour tomorrow night.

“Boise, we hope to be back soon. Please stay safe in the meantime!”

So there you go: if Jon Larsen was why you wanted to see Volbeat, you’re shit out of luck. In all seriousness, we wish Jon a speedy recovery, and hopes he comes out the other side unscathed.

Fans can catch Ghost and Volbeat at one of the remaining dates on their tour:

Jan. 31 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center [tickets]
Feb. 02 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena [tickets]
Feb. 04 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena [tickets]
Feb. 05 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center [tickets]
Feb. 07 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena [tickets]
Feb. 08 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center [tickets]
Feb. 10 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center [tickets]
Feb. 11 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center [tickets]
Feb. 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion [tickets]
Feb. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center [tickets]
Feb. 15 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center [tickets]
Feb. 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena [tickets]
Feb. 18 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena [tickets]
Feb. 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center [tickets]
Feb. 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum [tickets]
Feb. 21 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena [tickets]
Feb. 23 – Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena [tickets]
Feb. 25 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land [tickets]
Feb. 26 – Dallas, TX – Fair Park Coliseum [tickets]
Feb. 28 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center [tickets]
Mar. 01 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center [tickets]
Mar. 03 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center [tickets]

[Via Blabbermouth]

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