Published Jul 31, 2012Jaz Coleman, the singer of veteran post-punk band Killing Joke, has reportedly gone missing after saying that the act would be withdrawing from a short tour of the UK with the Cult and the Mission. His bandmates have now released a statement saying that they do not know where the frontman is, and they are worried for his safety.
Last week, Coleman posted on Killing Joke's Facebook page to say the group would be withdrawing from the dates, which had been downsized to smaller venues. He wrote that the Cult's songs "suck" and that his band would no longer be playing with them. The post was then removed from Facebook, and today (July 31), the band issued the following statement:
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.
See the tour schedule here. The band released the album 2012 earlier this year. Stay tuned for updates as this situation develops.