Black Tusk will pay tribute to Athon with BLS tour
Grieving band will support Zakk Wylde and co on 8 UK dates
Black Tusk have announced they will join Black Label Society on their 2015 European tour.
The US rockers were dealt a painful blow last month when bassist Jonathan Athon died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
But they say they intend to carry on and will hit Europe next year, with eight UK dates included.
Niche's Corey Barhorst will be on bass duties for the tour.
In a statement, Black Tusk say: "It's been an incredibly trying time for us over the past month and we want to thank everyone for their support.
"We had confirmed the tour with Black Label Society and finished the new album before Athon's accident and Athon, specifically, had been very excited about the opportunity to tour with BLS and we feel there's no way he'd want things to end on this note.
"Corey Barhorst, formerly of Kylesa and currently of Niche, will be stepping in for Athon for the time being. All of us go back over 10 years and Corey seemed the natural choice to carry on for Athon."
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY & BLACK TUSK UK TOUR 2015
Feb 11: Glasgow 02 ABC
Feb 12: Birmingham The Institute
Feb 13: London Roundhouse
Feb 14: Bristol 02 Academy
Feb 15: Leeds 02 Academy
Feb 17: Norwich UEA
Feb 18: Nottingham Rock City
Feb 19: Manchester Academy