Phil Anselmo to front Eyehategod for two shows this month

Prior to their fall tour with Discharge and Toxic Holocaust, Eyehategod will perform two special shows fronted by Phil Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, etc.). The dates will take place later this month at Southport Music Hall in New Orleans, LA on August 19th and this year’s GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA on August 20th. Anselmo will be subbing in for Mike IX Williams, who is experiencing some health issues. Williams comments:

“Due to some recent, very important health issues I am dealing with, I would like to announce that Philip H. Anselmo will be filling in for me at two special Eyehategod gigs; New Orleans’s Southport Music Hall and the seventh annual Gwar BQ. Phil has my full blessings for these shows and with all forces willing, I will return to the stage as soon as I am physically able.”

Anselmo himself had the following to say of the performances:

“When our brothers in one of New Orleans’ most influential music outfits needs me, I’m there, one-thousand percent. There is no secret that I adore my brethren in Eyehategod, as I’ve always supported them through thick and thin. This present situation will be no different. In light of Michael D. Williams’ health issues, which he needs to address more importantly than any other point in his life, and should be respected by anyone with a heart, I will do my best to fill in for him. Those are mighty big shoes to fill, but I shall do my best, once again. I do believe I speak on the behalf of all concerned parties when I state that we all need Mike IX Williams to heal, recover, and get better, as soon as possible. These gigs are not about me; it is about keeping the obligations of Eyehategod, as a band and force, able to stay true to their commitments to these two gigs. My admiration of Mike and all of his works, especially Eyehategod knows zero boundaries, hence, me doing these gigs. Here’s to Mike’s recovery, and here’s to supporting these shows on his behalf. Much love to everyone.”

Dates:

8/19 – New Orleans, LA | Southport Music Hall
8/20 – Richmond, VA | GWAR-B-Q