Guitarist Kirk Windstein (also of Down and Crowbar fame) has revealed that he will not be joining Kingdom Of Sorrow on Ozzfest and at other scheduled shows this Summer. Filling in for the shows will be Kenny Hickey from Type O Negative, who previously filled in for Windstein when he had touring commitments with Down in 2008.
The reason behind missing the band’s upcoming appearance is so he can enter into an AA program. Windstein released the following statement:
“Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a much-needed break and will not be joining my bros in Kingdom Of Sorrow for Ozzfest. I have entered the AA program and am turning over a new leaf. 25 years of gigging and touring has taken its toll and my drinking is now preventing me from being the healthiest, best player that I can be. It’s been a fun ride, but I’m ready to tackle this sober and look forward to being at the top of my game with all of my projects!”
Bandmate Jamey Jasta (also of Hatebreed) added the following:
“The road is no place for Kirk right now. He has begun to address his problems so he can lead a happy and healthy life and continue to rock with Down, Crowbar and Kingdom Of Sorrow. I only want the best for him and I feel like sitting this tour out is a step in the right path.”
It’s unfortunate that Windstein will be absent from what arguably is the band’s biggest tour this year. At the same time though, it’s glad that he is seeking help for himself. Maybe sobriety will keep him from getting regrettable tattoos. We wish him the best.