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As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis remains behind bars after getting arrested for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. While details continue to unravel, Lambesis’ arrest certainly puts his band’s future plans in jeopardy. That’s why it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that As I Lay Dying has officially pulled out of their previously announced summer tour with Killswitch Engage.
Drummer Jordan Mancino, guitarist Nick Hipa, guitarist Phil Sgrosso, and bassist/clean vocalist Josh Gilbert confirmed the news via the following statement:
“To our fans,
In light of recent events, As I Lay Dying will unfortunately not be taking part in the upcoming tour with Killswitch Engage. Given the circumstances, we feel that it is best for the band to be off the road while the current situation gets sorted. We’d like to thank all of our fans for their ongoing support at this difficult time.
-Jordan, Nick, Phil, and Josh”
This marks the second time the members of As I Lay Dying have issued a statement following Lambesis’ arrest. While it’s not surprising that As I Lay Dying would opt not to tour without the singer and during recent events, it’s unclear whether another band will take their place on the tour (kicking off at the end of the this month). Still slated to join Killswitch Engage on the road Miss May I and Affiance.
UPDATE: Darkest Hour and The Word Alive have been added to the tour.
According to this year’s Revolver Golden Gods, HIM have the “most dedicated fans.” Well, those fans in North America are going to be disappointed, as HIM has been forced to cancel its touring plans this month. The North American trek was cancelled after singer Ville Valo was diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia.
HIM issued the following announcement about the tour’s cancellation:
“HIM’s North American tour (which was due to kick off in Los Angeles on May 3rd at the House Of Blues) has been cancelled due to unforeseen medical circumstances. HIM’s lead vocalist Ville Valo has been diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia. Tickets for all dates will be refunded at the point of purchase. HIM will be back later this summer as part of the Rock Allegiance tour.”
HIM’s manager, Seppo Vesterinen at Hinterland, Inc., gave the additional explanation to Blabbermouth of what happened prior to the tour’s original kick off date in L.A.:
“Ville has asthma and he got a pretty serious attack in the backstage at House Of Blues [in West Hollywood] on Friday and there was no way to perform. We got a doctor to the hotel at midnight and he diagnosed signs of pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics. The situation wasn’t better on Saturday and we had to decide to cancel these dates to give him time for proper treatment and rest. He’s being treated by best doctors in L.A. and we hope to continue the summer and fall as planned.
Also he’s been under a lot of stress for months recording the new album, artwork and promo for three different labels. Before Ville is fine, we can’t make any definite plans for re-scheduling these May dates. Ville and all of us feel really sorry for the fans who have bought tickets months ago and traveled long distances from Brazil, Canada and elsewhere.”
As the first statement mentions, HIM still plan to take part in the recently announced Rock Allegiance tour later this summer. However, seems like a safe bet that HIM won’t be returning to North America prior to that.
The Krisiun tour has gotten a little less, um, hypocritical, as Hypocrisy have been forced to pull out of the tour, along with Aborted. The band’s label, Nuclear Blast, makes it seem like it’s a visa issue preventing the band from touring, citing “the current workload Homeland Security is experiencing.” So yeah, it could be the fact that Homeland Security is in the middle of a crisis following the Boston Marathon bombing incident from a few weeks ago. Here’s what the official statement says:
Hypocrisy have been forced to sit out the upcoming North American tour this May due to reasons beyond their control. The band members had received their visa approvals and everything was going as scheduled, until the embassy let them know that the earliest they could pick up their visas, get them stamped and so on, wasn’t until late June at the earliest. A regular procedure that would normally take just a few days to sort, takes much longer at the moment due to that current workload Homeland Security is experiencing.
“As we were getting ready to go get our visas stamped and ready for the tour we were informed that the earliest we could go initially was sometime in July,” explains guitarist/vocalist Peter Tägtgren.“We then immediately continued to call them, got the label to help with some letters, and put our lawyer to work etc. The best that got us was an appointment in late June. This is a HUGE blow to us, to our fans and everyone who has supported Hypocrisy in North America. Sometimes there are battles you can’t win, and this is one of them. We will be back, I can promise that!”
The trek was also initially set to feature Brazilian brothers in death Krisiun, Belgian gore-grinders Aborted, and technical-melodic-death-masters Arsis,as well as Autumns End and Starkill on select shows. The tour will continue as previously scheduled at this time minus Hypocrisy and Aborted.
As much of a bummer as no Hypocrisy (or Aborted), even without those two bands, it’s a pretty solid lineup, just based off Krisiun’s live reputation and Arsis’ killer new album alone.
If you were planning to get your hardcore fix at this Summer’s Sound and Fury Festival this July in California, you’re going to have to wait until next year, as the festival has been cancelled. The organizers canceled what would have been the eighth incarnation of the Festival today via their web site, stating that they couldn’t make ends meet financially. Here’s their statement:
We are sorry to bring you this unfortunate news but the 2013 edition of the Sound and Fury festival is cancelled.
We apologize to everyone from the bottom of our hearts for having to do this, but it was unavoidable.
In order to quell speculation, you will hear the absolute truth from us. Due to unforeseen circumstances and the massive financial risk it takes to run a festival, we have to cancel this year.
We are just two people, running a festival that brings in over 60 bands and 1,800 kids to Santa Barbara every year. The amount of logistics and headaches this encompasses one can only imagine, needless to say from March to July our lives don’t feel our own.
This year, we put together what we thought was an amazing lineup with amazing sponsors that all spread the word of the festival far and wide. We as organizers have to weigh the pro’s and con’s of doing a festival and not losing tens of thousands of dollars in the process.
Plain and simple, we couldn’t take that risk this year.
To all of the bands, sponsors, friends, co-workers and attendees, we are very sorry.
Tickets will be fully refunded at the point of purchase (No Sleep Records) and should be completed by weeks end. If you bought a ticket, you will get your refund but be patient as we are sorting out the best way to get that to you.”
That’s definitely disappointing. Just earlier this month, the Fest named some of the bands that were set to play on July 26-28th at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. Among them were Early Graves, Bane, Reign Supreme, Strife and The Ghost Inside.
Yesterday morning, it was revealed that Exodus were pulling out of this year’s Maryland Deathfest due to a “VARIETY of personal issues and matters with one of the members.” While guitarist Gary Holt recently stated that he wouldn’t abandon Exodus to join Slayer permanently, the festival cancellation made many speculate whether the group’s future was in jeopardy. That’s why Exodus were quick to issue a statement reassuring fans that they were not disbanding.
Exodus had the following to say:
“We have recently observed a whirlwind of speculation, conspiracy theories, and just plain ole dumb-assed comments on the internet regarding Exodus’ future and that of Gary Holt’s commitment to this band. The following is an attempt to shed some light on actual facts, as well as trying to clear the air.
The reason we cancelled our appearance at this year’s Maryland Death Fest was, in fact, due to Gary’s commitment to his sudden and seriously ill father. Actually, just days prior to the start of the Metal Alliance tour, we were making arrangements to have someone fill in for Gary due to his unknown status. As things worked out, his father was able to recover to a somewhat stable condition, yet he is still not ‘out of the woods’ and continues to be a closely monitored. This was obviously a private and personal matter that didn’t warrant public knowledge, but it seems the press release from MDF and then the interview given by Gary about not quitting Exodus was just a random coincidence and we felt it necessary to inform people of the real story.
Exodus is not disbanding! Gary will continue to perform on the current Metal Alliance tour, as well as splitting his time between Exodus & Slayer in the future. The band (with Holt) will be appearing at this year’s Hell & Heaven Fest in Guadalajara Mexico as advertised on May 19th. After which, Gary will return home to support and care for his family. Our apologies to the MDF staff, as well as to the Exodus fans, who were eager to see us, and we hope everyone understands that family and loved ones comes first.”
While it’s great to hear that Exodus are still intact, it’s unfortunate news about Holt’s father. It’s further unfortunate that this had to be revealed in such a public matter. Hopefully Holt’s father continues to recover, and that Exodus won’t have to deal with anymore mishegoss in the press… oh, well….
Cradle Of Filth was supposed to kick off a North American tour with The Faceless, Decapitated and The Agonist next week in New York City. However, said tour has now been officially cancelled due to immigration issues.
The U.K. metal group’s camp confirmed the news via the following statement:
“Cradle Of Filth are really sorry to tell all of their fans that their U.S. tour ‘28 Days Closer to Hell’ is going to have to be cancelled, due to US immigration issues beyond the band’s control. They have been desperately trying to solve these problems, but it has become evident they are not going to be resolved in time for the band to embark on a tour that starts next week. The band sincerely apologies to all their fans and to the other acts on the tour and want to assure people they have made every effort possible to go ahead with the tour.”
Considering that Cradle Of Filth has toured the U.S. numerous times, we’re not exactly sure what issues arose this time around. Regardless, it’s a shame to see this tour getting scrapped. At the moment, it’s unclear whether The Faceless, Decapitated and The Agonist will move forward with new touring plans.
Were you looking forward to attending The Bamboozle festival next year? Well not so fast, because it’s been announced that the New Jersey music festival will not be returning in 2013.
The festival revealed the news via the following Facebook post:
“Happy holidaze Boozlers! We are sad to announce we will miss all of you in 2013 but keep your eyes peeled for 2014 info. Have a warm and safe holiday season!”
This past year marked The Bamboozle’s 10th anniversary and return to Asbury Park, NJ. However, organizers previously announced that the festival would not return to Asbury Park. In fact, it was even revealed that despite selling over 90,000 tickets, last year’s edition failed to make a profit.
Initially catering to the pop punk demographic, The Bamboozle evolved over the years to include all sorts of genres (including a handful of metal and heavier acts). And last year’s lineup (with headliners that likely cost a pretty penny to book) was proof of that. Hell, try naming another festival where you saw Bon Jovi, Periphery and Andrew Dice Clay on the same bill. As optimistic as they seem, we’ll have to wait and see if The Bamboozle will be able to return in 2014 (or if this is indeed the end for the festival).
Looks like Geoff Tate’s latest plans have sprung a leak. The ex-Queensryche singer announced today that tomorrow’s NYC Rocks Off Concert Cruise has been called off.
Due to production issues we regret to announce that the Rocks Off Concert cruise show this Thursday had to be cancelled. Please contact your local ticket outlet to receive a refund to your ticket. Also until Sunday (10/21) if you send your proof of ticket purchase to Miranda@geofftate.com we will send you an autographed poster for the inconvenience.
We’re sure that there’s more to the cancellation than just “production issues”, but Tate will still be around the New York area on the dates listed below. Tate is set to release a new solo album titled Kings & Thieves on November 6th and also has plans for the Queensryche Anniversary Tour in 2013 with his own version of Queensryche.
If you’re disappointed by this cancellation, there’s still a certain other metal cruise going on this week that you might be able to win tickets to.
Geoff Tate dates:
10/19/2012 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
10/20/2012 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/26/2012 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s Point aka Revolution
Did you see Static-X play in Flint, MI this past Saturday? If so, you didn’t know it at the time, but you saw one of the band’s last shows of 2012. The band have pulled out of the last six dates of their current headlining tour. The reason stated was that Wayne Static has to “prepare for some medical procedures to remedy problems that have been hampering his performance.” That’s a little vague, right? Not to mention the fact that the band will be playing local shows in Lancaster, CA on 10/27 and Ventura CA on 10/28, so either those medical procedures will be taken care of by then, or his medical condition is “fear of the midwest.”
“I’m so sorry to all my fans but I cant give you the 1000% you deserve from Static-X every night right now,” Wayne said in a statement. “Evil disco will continue in 2013. Just wait until you see whats next!!!”
Emmure and Ill Nino will continue to play the remaining dates of the tour, which are as follows:
October 9 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Theater
October 11 Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
October 12 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
October 13 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
October 15 Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
October 17 Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard
Excited to see Jonathan Davis perform a DJ set Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson’s upcoming fall tour? Well then you’ll be disappointed to find out that the Korn frontman has pulled out of the Twins Of Evil Tour due to exhaustion.
According to an official statement from management, Davis has been ordered doctors to refrain from any travel and performing for the next few weeks while he recuperates from exhaustion. The singer took to his Twitter account to express his sadness over having to cancel, saying:
“Im sorry guys my head and body are really fucked up back on meds tryin to get better dr said no way i could perform FUCK!!!! Im sorry
I really love you guys i will make it up to you im so depressed”
Davis was originally set to perform under his DJ alias J Devil. On the plus side for those who love seeing members of metal bands performing DJ sets, Slipknot’s Sid Wilson has been tapped to replace Davis on the tour, performing as DJ Star Scream. While it would have been cool to see the Korn frontman on the same bill as Zombie and Manson, I’m sure many will be ok without seeing him DJ.