The Cult have seemingly taken a very level-headed approach to the alleged Incident with Killing Joke front-man Jaz Coleman, and the comments (reputedly by Coleman) on the bands official Facebook page levelled at them in July. Speaking to Music Nerd, The Cult’s Ian Astbury commented:


“We made a decision to try to let everything settle before we say what we want to say. We simply decided to sit back for now. Apparently, the webmaster from Killing Joke’s website wrote the statement on their behalf; the band immediately issued an apology.”


The rather bizarre course of events would see the Killing Joke vocalist (who had been AWOL living a nomadic lifestyle in the Western Sahara, concentrating on other projects) resurface roughly a fortnight later, seemingly unaware of what had unfolded in his absence. A fact Astbury maintained, commenting:


“Jaz wasn’t even in the country when all of this went down. But the fact of the matter is as people are taking sides, nobody cares about Jaz Coleman and nobody cares about Ian Astbury. It is easy to get caught up in the triviality of it all. For now, I will tell you that we’ve given Killing Joke the opportunity to get their house in order. I have friends that are friends with Jaz and so I felt it was right to offer a little cultural diplomacy.”


Killing Joke are still being advertised on the bill of the upcoming tour with The Cult and The Mission, kicking off September 10th.



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