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Against Me! announce newdrummer for Big Day Out tour

Former Rocket From the Crypt, The Offspring, and Angels and Airwaves drummer Adam “Atom” Willard has been confirmed as the newest member of Against Me! and will join the band on their upcoming Big Day Out tour.

He replaces Jay Weinberg who unexpectedly announced that he was leaving Against Me! just before Christmas. Bandleader Laura Jane Grace took to Twitter searching for a replacement drummer who was willing to come to Florida for three weeks to learn some songs before flying out to Australia is welcome to join them at the Big Day Out and two sideshows. Weinberg, the son of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, had been Against Me!’s drummer since late 2010.

Willard began his drumming career in 1990 as a member of Rocket from the Crypt and remained with the band until 2000. After leaving Rocket from the Crypt Willard served as a drum technician for Weezer and then joined Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson’s side project The Special Goodness. From 2003 until 2007 he was the drummer for The Offspring before leaving to focus on his work with Angels and Airwaves – the “supergroup” led by Blink-182 guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge. Willard was a member of Angels and Airwaves from 2005 until 2011 when he joined Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio in his new band The Hell. In addition to these projects Willard has also played with Moth, Social Distortion, Danko Jones, and on the solo debut from former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur.

Speaking to FL about Against Me!’s forthcoming Australian shows Laura Jane Grace said fans can expect to hear songs from the band’s new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues: “We’ve been doing sporadic touring throughout the last year and as the songs come together we’ve been throwing them into the setlist, but you recognise also that kids are coming out and they’ll want to hear older stuff, so we’ve been sparing as far as how many we’re putting in. But we’re definitely more excited about playing new songs. I think that as we get closer to the album coming out we’ll be able to play more and more new songs.”

Against Me! Big Day Out tour:

Thursday, January 17 – The Manning Bar, Sydney
Friday, January 18– Showgrounds, Sydney
Sunday, January 20 – Parklands, Gold Coast
Tuesday, January 22 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne
Friday, January 25 – Showgrounds, Adelaide
Saturday, January 26 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Monday, January 28 – Claremont Showgrounds, Perth

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MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd Jan, 2013

I'm actually slightly terrified about AM! being on the main stage.


berlinchair101 said on the 2nd Jan, 2013

Nothing will happen. Really. The front of the stage will be a bunch of Against Me! fans who are cool with LJG. Most bogan housos will just assume they have a chick singer and not know anything about what happened.


crob said on the 2nd Jan, 2013

or will be confused with there sexuality and will run away crying


tyler07 said on the 2nd Jan, 2013

I'm so goddamn excited for AM!, if they're on their game they'll probably be my highlight of the festival.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 3rd Jan, 2013

They are not playing Robbo's Aussie Day BBQ in The Shire. There will be nothing to worry about.
Against Me! have played a festival in America's south without incident and I think Australia as a whole is a lot more liberal.


MorningAfterboy said on the 3rd Jan, 2013

They may as well be.

Annies boobs

Annies boobs said on the 3rd Jan, 2013

Kill it! Kill it with fire!


loudQUIETloud said on the 3rd Jan, 2013

Won't most of the dickhead bogans be at Soundwave because there's 'not enuf metl' at BDO?


Oflick said on the 3rd Jan, 2013

BDO and Soundwave have different breeds of dickhead. Soundwave has the "not enuf metl" dickheads, whereas BDO has the "STRAYA CUNTS" dickheads.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 3rd Jan, 2013

Pretty sure they won't have to mingle with Robbo and all his dickhead mates at the BDO. It's a non issue. They'll play their set and chill.
I'm not saying that a lot of the crowd won't have uneducated opinions but it's not going to be a Westboro picket.
Yothu Yindi have survived the main stage, it will be sweet.


crob said on the 3rd Jan, 2013

it be pretty cool to see a Westboro protest vs BDO punters


lineofbestfit said on the 4th Jan, 2013

a lot of the big day out bogan crowd have openly said they won't be going due to soundwave being 'da king and bdo is now for hipster fagets'


tyler07 said on the 4th Jan, 2013

I think Westboro would probably just get bashed, Cronulla style.