Banner Pilot adds new guitarist Jeff Matika for upcoming Europe tour

Back in June, we reported on the departure from Banner Pilot of longtime guitarist Corey Ayd, who also performs with Minneapolis punk band The Manix.

Yesterday in a Facebook post, Banner Pilot announced that Jeff Matika (who is a touring guitarist for Green Day) will be playing with the band at their upcoming gigs. The band will be touring Europe, including a stop at the (insane line-up) Groezrock Festival, beginning next year.

You can read the entire statement from the band below.

Banner Pilot released their fourth full-length album, “Souvenir”, this past April through Fat Wreck Chords.

Good news, we’re now able to confirm that we are definitely heading back to Europe next spring including a stop at Groezrock! Look for show announcements in the weeks to come. We can’t wait to get back over there. Looks like it will be a blend of some of our favorite spots and some brand new countries as well.

We’re also excited to announce that Jeff Matika will be joining us on guitar for this tour! Jeff’s a great dude and is currently the touring guitarist for Green Day. Pretty sure he’ll be able to handle a Banner Pilot show. Welcome aboard, Jeff!

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