Deicide Slam Metal Alliance Tour Organizers
Somewhat ironically, given its name, this year’s Metal Alliance tour has been less than fraternal, with Entombed A.D. being “pulled off” the trek and the other bands soldiering on sans the tour’s usual branding.
So what the hell happened? Given Glenn Benton’s history as a headliner who doesn’t suffer fools lightly, some suspected that Entombed A.D. must have made the mistake of (inverted) crossing the Deicide frontman. But according to a new a statement from the band, it’s the Metal Alliance tour organizers who are to blame (massive [sic] around this whole thing):
“These are the final dates to this tour, we could have just said fuck this whole mess, and been done with it! We don’t do business like that and believe there is honor in finishing it not for ourselves but for the fans who deserve to see the band and who expect us to show up! This will be our last U.S. TOUR FOR A LONG LONG LONG TIME, come on out and support these great bands.
“What happened with this tour is this…the agents put together a package that the local promoters had no faith in and couldn’t afford and we’re all asking to cancel their dates, so to keep it going and finish it out entombed were told to go home not by us. But by the agents that set up this tour so the local promoters could still do the shows, we are all in this mess together and I can assure you we will never get involved in anything like this ever again.
“We had nothing to do with entombed being kicked off tour blame Metal Alliance, their fucking mess!
“METAL ALLIANCE IS WHO YOU SHOULD BE ANGRY WITH, THIS FUCKING TOUR IS THERE BIG FUCKING MESS, NOT DEICIDE WE ARE ONLY GUILTY OF AGREEING TO DO THE TOUR!”
So someone did piss Benton off — but it wasn’t any of his tour mates.
So I guess that’s that for Metal Alliance… it’s hard to imagine bands willingly signing up to be part of another package with the same branding following this debacle. Maybe they can re-brand it as the Metal Discord tour and have all the bands come out and fight one another at the end of the night. Hey, it would put butts in seats!