THE BRIGHTEST, SUNSHINIEST SUMMER EVER CONTINUES: THE KILLING JOKE’S JAZ COLEMAN IS MISSING
So. The Killing Joke were scheduled to tour the UK with The Cult and The Mission in September, but it seems that vocalist Jaz Coleman has decided instead that the best possible course of action would be to scare the shit out of everybody by dropping off the face of the planet.
Apparently a recent, and now-deleted, post on Killing Joke’s Facebook page announced that the tour would not be moving forward, and claimed that “all [of The Cult’s] songs suck” and “[The Cult] clearly have no integrity.” According to The Quietus, the message “was first thought to have been posted by Coleman, but is now alleged to have been the work of a fan.” And presumably Coleman would be able to clear the whole thing up…
…if anyone knew where he was. Because according a new post on KJ’s Facebook page, the vocalist is “AWOL” and the band is understandably are “concerned about his welfare”:
“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.”
It would be really great if this was like when Five Finger Death Punch misplaced one of their members a few years ago, and it turned out he was just, like, at the bar or something and it was all no biggie. My jocular tone aside, I obviously really, really want this story to have a happy ending.
Jesus H. Christ, this whole summer is so fucked.