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09 Jan

Jason Bittner Joins Flotsam and Jetsam

Pearl Artist and metal-drumming icon, Jason Bittner, will be taking over the drumming responsibilities for Arizona based thrash metal heavyweights, Flotsam and Jetsam, for their upcoming recording session and 2015 touring.  Jason, who is best known for his work with Shadows Fall, will be replacing his friend and founding Flotsam and Jetsam drummer, Kelly David Smith, who is stepping down for family obligations. 

In regards to the new gig, Jason Bittner states: "I have been a Flotsam and Jetsam fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the eighties and nineties.  I've been lucky enough to be in the background of the Flotsam and Jetsam camp as a fan, supporter, and gear leader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith.”

Jason continues, "I am hard at work relearning all the classic Flotz material and can't wait to record and tour with the band in 2015.  This will become my focus after the completion of the 2015 U.S. Shadows Fall hiatus tour, which will happen spring/summer 2015.”

“As they say… 'Flotz 'till death!' See you in Europe, in April."

Along with preparing to enter the studio to record their 12th studio album, which is currently on pace for an April release, Flotsam and Jetsam are currently finalizing plans to tour Europe in the spring of 2015, with summer festival dates planned throughout Europe and beyond.  For the latest Flotsam and Jetsam news and announcements, please visit

For more information on Jason Bittner, and for full specs on the monstrous Reference Series drum setup he’ll be using with this exciting new gig, click here.