FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward will sit out the band's upcoming tour with Testament and Overkill. He will be replaced by Jeff Barbaree.
Jason says in a statement: "While I would like nothing more than to be out there doing what I love more than anything, I have too many personal commitments that need my attention at home, including the care of my ailing father and family. The length and commitment of time to the tour is simply too great for me to participate considering the needs of my family at this time. Nevertheless, I want nothing but success for the tour and for FLOTSAM, and hopefully will be able to rejoin the band sometime in the future should my personal commitments to my family allow. Thank you all for your support! Hope you all enjoy the shows as much as I know I would."
Added the other members of FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: "We support and encourage Jason's decision, as family is number one in our lives. We wish him well."