NewsMarch 10, 2014 4:48 PM ET1,514 views

Kill Devil Hill announces new drummer

Official press release: 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 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 KDH's next chapter - this is gonna be a blast!" The band will play their first shows with Kelly behind the kit April 4-6, 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.

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