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Killing Joke fear for frontman’s safety

By | Published on Wednesday 1 August 2012

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Killing Joke have expressed concern for the welfare of their frontman Jaz Coleman, after he apparently posted a statement to the band’s Facebook page announcing their withdrawal from their upcoming tour with The Cult and The Mission and then disappeared. The rest of the band were not aware of any decision to pull out of the co-headline tour until the Facebook post appeared.

As previously reported, the statement was published (and then deleted) after the tour was downgraded to smaller venues. In his statement, Coleman said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the cancellation of the upcoming gigs with The Cult and The Mission. Frankly, playing at a gig with The Cult never appealed to me in the first place. The only reason we allowed ourselves to be talked into it was to blow both bands off the stage and to steal their respective audiences”.

But yesterday the band issued a new statement, in which they said: “A statement was posted on Facebook, reputedly by our singer, maligning both The Cult and The Mission and pulling us out of the shows. He is now AWOL and has not contacted any of his bandmates. We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved. We are all concerned about our missing singer’s welfare”.

They added: “Killing Joke made a collective decision to play with The Cult and The Mission in September. It was agreed by all of the band that we would do these shows. Indeed, we thought that they were something to look forward to, even though they were downsized. We would still like to honour our commitment to this tour, the other bands, and all the [Killing Joke fans] and people who have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements. If this proves not possible, Killing Joke will make alternative arrangements to compensate for the trouble caused”.

They closed by saying that they “are doing everything we can to make this tour happen and locate our missing singer”.