Nonpoint Recruit Ill Niño’s Ahrue Luster For Upcoming Tour

Nonpoint have recruited Ill Niño’s Ahrue Luster to play guitar on their upcoming headlining tour. He will be filling in for BC Kochmit, who recently exited the band.

The group commented:

“❌THE RED TAPE TOUR❌ is hitting the road in just a few days. TX-(Lubbock, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Tyler), LA-(New Orleans), FL-(Destin, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Jax Beach), NC-(Charlotte, Jacksonville, Greensboro), KY-(Louisville), TN-(Johnson City), AR-(Fort Smith), IL-(Champagne), OH-(Columbus), MI-(Flint) and IL-(Joliet). Ticket link in the bio to all shows on our dot com. New patches, shirts, stickers and more will be at the merchandise table.

Finally we’d like to thank our friend ex-Machine Head/Ill Niño guitar guru Ahrue Luster for joining us on this next run! Your skills are INSANE and we look forward to introducing you to our family the #NonpointNation and appreciate your help on this next run!”

Guitarist BC Kochmit Announces His Departure From Nonpoint

BC Kochmit has announced his departure from Nonpoint. The guitarist will play his final show with the band on August 30 in Madison, WI.

Nonpoint said the following:

“It’s with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to our friend @bckochmit as he makes the decision to come off the road indefinitely and step down as lead guitarist for our band. Touring and being away from family is hard for us all. For BC it’s gotten too hard for him to continue touring and being away from his family.

He will be deeply missed but we all understand his decision and ask our fans to respect this decision as it did not come easy. We wish you nothing but luck and happiness BC. Love you brother 🙏🏽🤘💛…”

Kochmit also issued his own statement:

“I don’t know how many miles I’ve traveled or how many faces I’ve seen in my career. I don’t even know how to begin to count them. What I do know is that every single one of them was a blessing. For over 2 decades I’ve lived an amazing life doing what I love for a living, but over the last 20 years I’ve amassed a great debt.

Borrowing from the bank of trust my family has in me afforded me the opportunity to be who I am. I am truly blessed with real love. The kind of love that withstands countless tear soaked goodbyes and FaceTime holidays. The kind of love that stretched across oceans on Mother’s Days and Thanksgivings.

What I’ve asked of them is indeed remarkable. Furthermore, I’ve borrowed too much from my own physical body. Ignoring all the aches, pains, and back problems so that I do not deprive a single fan of the energy they deserve. I can ask no more of my family or my body. The bill is due and I’m a man of my word.

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I must face the reality that after the Taste Of Madison show on August 30th it is finally time for me to step down and retire from touring full time.

To my brothers in Nonpoint, sharing the stage with you has been truly a blessing and an honor that I will never ever forget. From befriending you guys on your first headlining tour when I was opening for you in Switched in 2001, to when the stars finally aligned and you welcomed me into the fold as a true member of this amazing band, you are and forever will be family to me and that will never change.

I wish you all nothing short of the very best and much more continued success from the bottom of my heart. I will always be there to write music with you and do whatever I possibly can for my Nonpoint family. I am Nonpoint for life. The thing I will miss the most though, is looking over my shoulder and seeing my 4 brothers absolutely dominating those stages and giving nothing less than 110% every night.

Elias, Robb, Rasheed, & Adam, I love you all more than each of you will ever possibly know. Thank you for all the amazing memories, the unmatched chemistry, your brotherhood, but most importantly … thank you for your understanding.

To all my crew family throughout the years, not one of those shows would have happened without you. You are the real true hero’s of rock and roll. I salute each and every single one of you. Thank you all for everything.

To every fan that ever banged their head, put their fist in the air, shouted the lyrics, or jumped into the pit, you have given me the strength to make it this far and I love you all.

This is not the end of the music. Music is who and what I am. Music consumes my soul. I will always write and compose new music, but I promised myself that I would not watch my daughter grow up through an iPhone. I have to keep that promise. It is time to turn the page and begin the next chapter of my life. I now have to go where I am needed the most. Home.”

Nonpoint Part Ways With Guitarist Dave Lizzio

Nonpoint have parted ways with lead guitarist, Dave Lizzio. The band will now be moving on with guitarist, BC Kochmit (Switched, Eye Empire).

Nonpoint issued the following statement about the split on Facebook:

“Hello, Nonpoint Nation. We are sad to report our lead guitarist Dave Lizzio will no longer be lead guitarist for Nonpoint. This parting is an amicable one, and Dave will ALWAYS be part of the Nonpoint family. We appreciate the last 3 years of hard work and commitment to our band and we wish Dave and his family the best in all of their future endeavors. Our many thanks to you Dave.. Nation in the meantime, please help us welcome our long time friend, BC Kochmit (Switched, Eye Empire) into the fold moving forward. Thank you Nonpoint Nation for your understanding and positive support through this transition.”

Lizzio said the following about leaving:

“I know that there has recently been a lot of speculation, question, worry, and concern regarding my current position with the band. And to clarify, once and for all — I am very, very heartbroken to acknowledge that I am no longer going to be the lead guitarist for this incredible band.

Please understand that this decision was not an easy one for myself or anyone in the band to have to deal with, but it was determined to be necessary and I completely understand why it needed to happen. The details, as you can imagine, touched a variety of professional facets and I hope you all realize that these cannot all be ‘public’ details in many cases, and I sincerely wish that you all respect that.

I am, and always will be, on good terms with my brothers in Nonpoint and I can only hope that this new album continues to propel them even further along their musical career, morseo than ever before. I am so proud of the work we all did on this new album and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I hope you continue to support them with the same tenacity and love you all gave me personally.”

In other news, Nonpoint are expected to release a new album, this Fall.