Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke has always reserved a reputation for erratic behavior. Amidst his eccentricities on and off the stage, Jaz’s freak out history has typically been the topic of legend. The last year has been a strange and fairly public one for Killing Joke, making news through performance misbehaviors and crumbling prospects.
As the band geared up for its fall tour with The Cult and The Mission, Jaz reportedly went missing. His parting words appeared on Killing Joke’s Facebook page, bashing their tour mates and dickishly excusing himself from the outing. The rant was quickly deleted and attributed to an impostor, while the remaining members of Killing Joke spent the month making amends. Jaz made no attempt to contact his bandmates, who’s only knowledge of his whereabouts came from alleged fan sightings in New Zealand and Iceland.
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.
As the concert has been downgraded to a venue that we have recently headlined (and sold out) it doesn’t make sense. In addition to this Gatherers would only get to listen to a one hour set.
Then there would be a problem with the dressing room and witnessing The Cult charge the fans $200 per head for a Meet & Greet.
Lastly, all their songs suck! They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their hometown as L.A.)…
On a more positive note KJ will be recording in Argentina just after Christmas and Brixton Academy is booked for Spring.
I do believe the band will play a private gig at Metropolis Studios (London) which is of course open to all Gatherers (you are the first to know!).
I hope you are all as relieved as I am!
PS I don’t want your money
PPS Life without KJ is unthinkable!”
Coleman finally resurfaced this Monday. In an official statement, the 52 year old claims to have spent the month wandering the Sahara, living nomadically and working on a slew of new projects. Life in solitude allowed him to complete a Television score, a book, and a new solo record which is soon to be released.
When asked about his purported comments and the future of their UK dates, Coleman claimed that it “looks like this has caused a right ding dong and….. it’s impossible to continue this tour under the circumstances”. Coleman and the band wished the Cult and the Mission “the best of luck”. Killing Joke are prepping their release of a new live record, as well as a collection of dub remixes. Future tour plans may still be likely, but let’s see what this dude does next.Tweet