Pandav and Sell, a self-taught guitarist, had been making music together since they formed punk, rock and ska band Lucky Boys Confusion with other local musicians in 1997. Pandav previously had said Sell added “the attitude and swagger” to the band’s music.
The band is scheduled to take the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday at Madison Meadow Park, 600 E. Madison St., Lombard, and has the blessing of Sell’s family. The guitarist’s father, also named Joe, is still struggling with the loss, but he plans to attend the show.
“I’m glad they’re getting back on stage because I think every time they do, the band lives on. And that’s what he was part of for 15 years,” the elder Joe Sell said. “So I’m glad it’s going on and sad it’s going on without him.”
Pandav said performing without Sell on Saturday will be hard but necessary. He also said the band may eventually find a “permanent sub,” but no one will take Sell’s place.