I guess this could be predicted, but I was hoping against hope that it wouldn’t happen: Gojira’s North American tour with Lamb of God and Dethklok that was scheduled to begin right here in the Emerald City on August 1 has been canceled. I just saw this morbid news on Heavy Blog Is Heavy, and “borrowed” their modification of the tour poster as well. HBIH also included the following statements by Lamb of God and Dethklok:
LAMB OF GOD:
“Due to the continued incarceration of LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band’s co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.
LAMB OF GOD wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.”
“In light of circumstances beyond our control, the upcoming Dethklok and Lamb of God with Gojira summer tour has been canceled. Refunds will be available to customers who already purchased tickets through their point of purchase. We thank Dethklok fans for their continued support and look forward to releasing information about the band’s upcoming third album and a planned fall tour in the coming weeks.”
Okay, fine, so maybe LoG will organize a new tour whenever Randy Blythe is allowed to leave the Czech Republic and maybe Dethklok will find another way to hit the road soon, but honestly, what I really want to know is what Gojira are going to do.
Unfortunately, I’ve not yet found any news from the Gojira camp about whether they will try to replace the LoG tour with something else. If and when I do, I will post again.
In the meantime, I’m left angrily wondering why LoG couldn’t enlist another vocalist to take Blythe’s place on this tour — someone who would have been a draw, someone who might have put an interesting spin on LoG’s songs — rather than sacrifice the revenue that this tour would have generated for the band, revenue which I suspect Blythe is going to need to fund his legal defense. I assume high-profile vocalists whose own bands aren’t touring, particularly vocalists who are friends of Blythe, would have stepped up.
Now I’m going to go and weep softly into a pillow, after which I’ll start throwing breakable shit against the wall. FuckShitPissMotherfuckerBastardAss! Fuck.