New Jersey thrash metal band Overkill was due to play a show at Des Moines East Village venue Wooly's on Sunday, February 24, but that show has been cancelled. In fact, the rest of the band's current tour dates have been cancelled due to an illness.
Overkill had been touring with Testament on "The Dark Roots of Thrash" tour, though the Wooly's date was to be a headlining show for Overkill on a day off from the tour. The tour was cancelled to lead singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth developing pneumonia. Overkill hopes to return to touring in the spring. Here is the statement that the band posted on their official Facebook page:
Due to Bobby's ongoing bout with pneumonia, we have regretfully decided to cancel the remainder of our shows on "The Dark Roots of Thrash" tour. Blitz's condition has gotten slightly worse (after Saturday's show in Worcester, Massachusetts), and he needs some time to get back to 100%. We would like to thank Testament for a great tour and look forward to [getting] everyone back on the road soon. After some time for recovery, we'll be back out in the spring for our Scandinavian tour. See you then!!
For those of you with tickets to the show, return to the point of purchase to get your refunds. It is not much of a substitute for seeing the band live, but you can listen to the classic Overkill album I Hear Black in its entirety below.
In place of the Overkill show, Wooly's will have the local bands that would have opened the show perform for $5 on the 24th. The all ages show will feature Dark Mirror, Thee Annunaki, Green Death, and Murder Earth. The show will start at 6:45 p.m., with the doors opening 15 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets may be purchased at the Wooly's box office or online through Ticketfly.