Tankard announce change on drums

Author Benedetta Baldin - 20.6.2024

After more than 30 years, the German thrash metal veterans Tankard have announced the departure of their drummer Olaf Zissel. Olaf, who has been behind the drum kit of the cult band since the Two-Faced Tour (1994), is leaving the band at his own request.

His successor is no stranger: Gerd Lücking, the band’s FOH/sound engineer of many years’ standing, who has already filled in for Olaf a few times, will now take over the post permanently. Gerd is certainly known to many as the drummer of bands such as Holy Moses, Bonded, Veritas Maximus, Courageous or Lightmare.

After over 30 years of double duty (job & band) the motivation has gone. I’d like to give in to the physical decline and the desire to be able to do normal things again. Something like brewing beer, getting a fishing license or buying hand grenades on the darknet…

Olaf Zissel

It was just over 36(!) years ago in 1988, when I was just 13 years old and cheered on the guys from Tankard at the Volksbildungsheim in Frankfurt and I immediately realized that one day I also want to be able to drink that much beer in just 90 minutes. Today, after hard work to acquire this talent and an incredible 25 years at the mixing desk in between (plus the jump in on drums at one show or another), I’m taking on a great legacy by taking over the drum stool in the hope of availability of reproducing my predecessor’s joy of playing and keeping up with the band’s massive stage presence. Thanks to my friends and brothers from Tankard, for their great trust in me. Gerd Lücking

06.July Irslingen (D), Wolfweez-Open-Air 
20.July Gelsenkirchen (D), Amphitheater (Klash Of The Ruhrpott)
27.July Tolmin (SLO), Tolminator Metal Fest 
01. August Rasnov (ROU), Rockstadt Extreme Fest 03. August Wacken (D) W:O:A 
13.September Mannheim (D), 7er Club   
14.September Uden (NL), De Pul  
27.September Nürnberg (D), Festsaal/Künstlerhaus  
28.September Kassel (D), Schlachthof
11.October Coesfeld (D), Fabrik   
12.October Arnhem (NL), Willemeen
9.November Berlin (D), Astra 
15.November Siegburg (D), Kubana  
16.November Dresden (D), Pushkin
06.December Wiesbaden (D), Kesselhaus  
07.December Markneukirchen (D), Musikhalle  
27.December Trier (D), Mergener Hof  
28.December Stuttgart (D), Im Wizemann (REAPER ENTERTAINMENT presents)
29.December Lörrach (D), AltesWasserwerk

17. January Aschaffenburg (D), Colos Saal    
18. January Oud-Turnhout (B), OC de Djoelen (Aauw Ijzer-Festival)
30. January – 3. February Miami (US) to Ocho Rios (JM) 70000TONS OF METAL
15. February Weiden (D), Salute
26. March Pardubice (CZ), Zluty Pes 
27. March Jablunkov (CZ), Rokac
28. March Slavicin (CZ), Sokolovna
29. March Suchdol nad Luznicí (CZ), KD Rocktime
10. May Gladbeck (D), Gladbeck Metal Bash Open Air
30. May Kirchdorf/Haag (DE), Bavarian Battle Open Air 
31. May Oberndorf am Lech (DE), Bavarian Metalheadz Open Air

Tankard are:
Gerre – Vocals
Frank – Bass
Andy – Guitar
Gerd – Drums