EJ Shannon manages a handful of bands, including Aegaeon, In Dying Amrs and Raven Black. Until Tuesday (9), he also managed The Faceless. As you might know from earlier today, Soundworks Touring teed off onthe band and Shannon after they dropped off of a headlining tour in Australia and New Zealand. In the thread, Shannon responded saying that he booked and rebooked the band’s flights, and after the fourth time they didn’t make it onto the plane, he stopped managing them. In his apology, he essentially says the band “just son’t have it together right now.” Here’s his statement:
“Hey everyone, The Faceless’ manager here. I would like to publicly address the situation with The Faceless and this post.
“The Faceless has missed four flights that I have booked to get them to Indonesia/Australia/NZ. I have given them every opportunity to make it overseas and play the shows that they should be playing right now. I have been on the phone with the band for 8+ hours every day for the past week, telling them that they NEED to get on their flights and play these shows, and trying to figure everything out and make their AUS tour happen. Without going into too much detail, the band just simply was not prepared for these shows.
“When Soundworks says that they have been ‘lied to’ they are referring to me calling them and saying ‘The Faceless is going to make it on their flight tonight. This time it will actually happen’ four different times. Unfortunately, every time that I have told them that, the band has missed their flight.
“The members of The Faceless have not personally been in contact with Soundworks at all. I have been the messenger between Soundworks and the band. This is why Soundworks is calling me out on this post when they should actually only be calling out the band. I too have done everything in my power to bring the band to Australia for their shows.
“Two days ago after The Faceless missed their fourth flight, I called the band and told them that I will not be managing them anymore. The Faceless has hurt a lot of people by missing these shows. They have hurt the fans, Soundworks, me, and everybody else involved in organizing the shows that have been booked for this month. They have also unfairly hurt my reputation as a manager. So until The Faceless gets it together, I will not be managing them. I am really hoping that the band can get things worked out so that they are prepared to tour again in the near future, at which point I will gladly start managing them again. I have done everything that I can for this band, and I would love to see them succeed. The members of The Faceless are great people, and they have become some of my best friends. I love them, and want to help them. Unfortunately, they just don’t have it together right now.
“I will gladly answer any questions here, or you can email me [email protected]”
As you can see from the long line of former members, mastermind Michael Keene isn’t an easy person to get along with. And repeatedly bailing on flights that were booked sounds like a dick move on the band’s part. It’d be interesting to hear what his other band members think of the tour cancellation, not to mention if Keene has any comment about it. For a band to pull something like this 11 years into their career doesn’t bode well for their professionalism.
via Metal Sucks]