In a somewhat bizarre series of messages posted to Killing Joke’s official Facebook page, it would have appeared at first that the band was pulling out of its upcoming UK tour. The first posting (allegedly from frontman Jaz Coleman), which has since been deleted, stated: “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. Gatherers [Killing Joke fans – ed.] 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-and-greet. Lastly, all their songs suck! They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their hometown as L.A.).”
Just this morning, the remaining members of Killing Joke (Geordie Walker, Paul Ferguson, and Martin ‘Youth’ Glover) have announced via Facebook that they have not had contact with Coleman since the original posting and express their apologies to those affected or offended by the posting, in addition to their concern for Coleman’s well-being.
The posting is as follows:
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 band mates.
We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved.
We are all concerned about our… missing singer’s welfare.
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 Gatherers 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.
Meanwhile we are doing everything we can to make this tour happen and locate our missing singer.
Following the death of bassist Paul Raven in October 2007, the original (and current) line-up of Killing Joke reunited and has since released 2010’s “Absolute Dissent” and 2012’s “MMXII,” both released on Spinefarm Records. In addition to Killing Joke, Coleman (age 52) is an orchestral composer with various residences in Europe as well as New Zealand.
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