KING DIAMOND Addresses Show Cancellation

Let me try and explain this without saying **** all the time.
The Japanese promoters at Loud Park had, when I woke up this morning, posted a false and deceitful cancellation announcement, which they are going to have to correct to what really happened.

First of all: We did not cancel the show. The promoters did.

Let them show an email saying we cancelled the show. They can’t. We can provide the email in which they cancelled.

They cancelled so late, that some of our people were already in flight to Japan. I myself found out from a forwarded email at 4:26 am Dallas time, waiting for a preordered cab to arrive at 6:00 am to take me to DFW International Airport.

The email had come from Onta (working for the promoter, in what capacity, I don’t know, but at least in a capacity to be able to cancel our performance), saying “Sorry for the result. Please stop taking flights for all…”

So much had happened up to this point, and I will try to condense everything into a short sequence of events.

Entire theatrical production, including all instruments and special effects had been put into the professional care of a Danish shipping company, who is also used by Rocket Cargo among others, in order to make sure everything would be in Tokyo with time to spare. This was trucked from Copenhagen to Hamburg harbor, and loaded onto a Chinese ship.

During the sail from Hamburg to Ningbo, China, where our entire cargo would be in transit and go via Japanese ship to Tokyo, our Danish shipper found out through their agents in China, that the ship’s arrival had suddenly been announced with a 6 day delay. No reasons given.

The Chinese ship company seems to still be working on an answer to our Danish shipper.

With such an unexpected delay (our Danish shipper had never experienced this before), new ways to try and make up for the delay had to be thought out.

A shipping company in China, known to our Danish shipper was contacted, since they were known to have connections to the Chinese government, with the hope that they might be able speed up a procedure that has never been done before. People at Creativeman also brought in connections in China to cooperate with everyone. The new, never before done plan was to now import the entire cargo into China, truck it in China from Ningbo to Shanghai, from where it would be exported and air lifted with a Chinese airline 747 cargo plane (the only one which had large enough entrance) to Narita Airport in Tokyo.

To my knowledge, the Danish embassy and the Japanese embassy in China became involved in trying to solve this dilemma.

At this point, money also became an issue. This procedure would add at least 21,500 Euros to expenses, which was agreed to be split between promoter and band. An amendment to the contract was negotiated, in which promoter in the end agreed to give band half the concert fee, even if the gear didn’t make it. This was agreed to, so that both band and promoter participated in the risk of incurring a bigger loss if we went along with this new plan, and still couldn’t make it.

The following paragraph explains the scenario from which the promoters probably took parts and wrongfully used in their cancellation statement, in order to push the blame onto us, while at the same time practically ridiculing us.

The promoter at some point tried to almost force the band into agreeing to play two free backline shows next year, only paying expenses for flights, rented backline and crew salary, in case the cargo didn’t make it in time to Loud Park, in order to make up for promoter’s part of the possible loss.

However, this idea was quickly scrapped, since we couldn’t guarantee that it would fit in our future schedule, plus that we would have huge losses doing that, and last but not least we do not play without our theatrical production anymore.

All King Diamond shows are full King Diamond shows.

Regarding our production, which was originally built over the period of several months and has been expanded since, the promoter generously did offer to try and replicate it in just days, which sounds nice but realistically was nothing but a big pipe dream. There is no way it could have been done safely and respectfully. Everything we use has been cleared with specific safety clauses in mind, and just walking on different feeling stairs that you have not practiced on is an actual safety issue. But there is so much that could be explained here that would make this clear as daylight, but would take too long. I need to get this out now.

Maybe you can get more info regarding all this when Decibel does their cover story of King Diamond very soon.

Again, I want to state that we did not cancel, the promoter did.

We not only have a loss from this financially, we also lost the planned 10 camera filming of our performance for a possible future DVD, plus most important, the chance to show a Japanese audience what a King Diamond show is all about.

EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOT THE ONES TO BLAME FOR THIS, I WANT TO STATE TO ALL OF YOU HOW SORRY WE ARE THAT THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLE.

I also want to state that the promoters are not to blame for this either. Both parties tried to go above and beyond to make this happen, but in the end it ended up being out of our hands and up to the Chinese customs authorities.

We have emails containing proof of everything I have stated above.

Stay Heavy,
King Diamond

New HIGH ON FIRE Album Streaming Online

 

 

California doom rock powerhouse HIGH ON FIRE will release not one, but two LIVE albums on June 18 via eOne Music. Titled Spitting Fire Live, the two volume set represents the first official live documents of the power trio’s storied career, perfectly capturing the sound and intensity of a band whose performances have been hailed as “rumbling and down-tuned and resonant” by the New York Times and who the Chicago Tribune called “one the best live bands you will ever see.” In advance of the two record set’s release, both live albums are now available for streaming via Pandora and Pitchfork, respectively.

* Stream HIGH ON FIRE’s Spitting Fire Live (vol. 1) via Pandora HERE.

* Stream HIGH ON FIRE’s Spitting Fire Live (vol. 2) via Pitchfork HERE.

Plus, request to hear High On Fire on The Welding Room.

Recorded over a two evening NYC headlining stint at both NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg last winter, Spitting Fire Live showcases HIGH ON FIRE at its incendiary best. The live sets contain well known HIGH ON FIRE songs from each of the band’s critically acclaimed studio albums including last year’s celebrated De Vermis Mysteriis. Mixing of the performances was handled by Greg Wilkinson with additional engineering done by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. The albums are available for pre-order via iTunes HERE and HERE, while limited LP versions and special bundle packages can be pre-ordered HERE.

The release of Spitting Fire Live puts a triumphant cap on a multi-year run by the Oakland band that has been fraught with both celebration and frustration. The release of last year’s De Vermis Mysteriis followed more than a year and a half of world touring in support of 2010’s Snakes for the Divine which included multiple North American headlining jaunts, international festival appearances and tours alongside Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon and The Melvins, the latter of which saw the trio caught in BOTH the February 22, 2011 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami in Tokyo, Japan on March 11, 2011. The group was unharmed, but shaken after surviving its second natural disaster in sixteen days and was able to return to its native Oakland a few days later.

Last summer, HIGH ON FIRE was forced to pull out of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival as front man and guitarist Matt Pike entered treatment for alcohol rehabilitation.  Pike would emerge from treatment “stronger than ever” and HIGH ON FIRE celebrated by releasing “the wildest video in heavy metal history” for De Vermis Mysteriis’ potent track Fertile Green and then immediately announcing a North American headlining tour which saw the band at its very best and would ultimately yield the recordings that would become Spitting Fire Live.

With a renewed energy, drive and passion for the unique music it creates, HIGH ON FIRE forges forth as focused and determined as ever before. Spitting Fire Live showcases the dedication, resolve and ultimate creativity of one of the very finest metal bands on the planet today.

Spitting Fire Live Volume 1:

1. Serums Of Liao
2. Frost Hammer
3. 10,000 Years
4. Devolution
5. Last
6. Fertile Green
7. Speedwolf

Spitting Fire Live Volume 2:

1. Rumors Of War
2. DII
3. Fury Whip
4. Madness Of An Architect
5. Face Of Oblivion
6. Hung Drawn and Quartered
7. Blood From Zion
8. Snakes For The Divine

About HIGH ON FIRE:

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates modern heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness.  Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume,” HIGH ON FIRE has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both critically celebrated and absolutely unique.  The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike — also a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP — along with powerhouse drummer Des Kenseland talented bassist Jeff Matz.  Pike was named as one of Rolling Stone’s “New Guitar Gods” and is one of rock’s most charismatic figures. HIGH ON FIRE’s latest album De Vermis Mysteriis was released on April 3, 2012.
ACTION! PR online Action-PR.com

HIGH ON FIRE online (website / facebook) and ACTION! PR online (website / facebook / twitter).

“High on Fire sounds rejuvenated, as if it’s conquering the world all over again… Without fail, this no-BS stoner-metal band delivers yet another skull-bashing record, in the process challenging the metal world at large” – NPR

“Bludgeoning Bay Area trio High on Fire have seemingly entered a permanent state of metal flow. Fourteen years into its career, the band has mastered its woozy, pummeling music. Growler-guitarist Matt Pike yowls about violence and esoterica and riffs like he’s engulfed in flames while the rhythm section of bassist Jeff Matz and drummer Des Kensel pitch and yaw as if playing aboard a Viking longship” – SPIN

“visceral, ecstatically grimy heavy metal… progressive psychedelia… High on Fire are making some of the best music of their career” – PITCHFORK

“a beautiful, untamable kind of band” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“High On Fire is part of the future of heavy music” – CRAVE ONLINE

“it’s not often something rocks this hard… stadium-sized” – STEREOGUM 

“another host of monolithic, archetypal licks from the jaws of eternity… a mantra of transcendental awe” – THE ONION 

“a band that eats Motorhead, drinks Sabbath, and bleeds Slayer… at the absolute pinnacle of their game” – SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN 

“High on Fire are the new Mötörhead. The trio never falter” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS 

“High on Fire returning as victorious and inspirational as ever” – POPMATTERS 

“Oakland’s (and possibly Earth’s) heaviest band, High on Fire, is ready for its close-up” – SF WEEKLY

“High on Fire hasn’t altered its MO drastically on De Vermis Mysteriis; the band just continues to make it sound as amazing as possible… powerful yet progressive” – ALARM

MARTY FRIEDMAN Double Album Available

After reissuing three acclaimed recent studio albums by legendary hard rock/heavy metal guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN over the summer, Prosthetic Records is excited to now introduce North American audiences to the former Megadeth and Cacophony guitarist’s two Tokyo Jukebox albums. Released in Japan in 2009 and 2011, respectively, Tokyo Jukebox Vols. 1 & 2 – the 9th and 11th chapters in FRIEDMAN’s influential solo discography – were released in the U.S. for the first time as a limited-edition, specially-priced 2CD set featuring artwork exclusive to this pressing and new liner notes by FRIEDMAN himself.
Watch the Video

Soon after leaving MEGADETH following a 10-year run in which the iconic band sold some 10 million albums worldwide, FRIEDMAN – perhaps the most revered lead guitarist in thrash metal history – moved to Japan, where over the past decade he became a household name. Between his solo releases and collaborations with Japanese stars, he has played on and written numerous Top 10 hits (including two #1’s); he has also made hundreds of appearances on mainstream Japanese television and performed at legendary venues such as Budokan and the Tokyo Dome.

Tokyo Jukebox Vols. 1 & 2 feature energetic instrumental covers of Japanese pop (J-pop) songs that can be enjoyed by anyone with a sweet tooth for melody, and capture FRIEDMAN’s passion for the music of his adopted home country – although, as he warns in the liner notes for this release;
“I took the liberty of destroying and reconstructing them my own way” 
In the video above (also posted at Prosthetic’s newly-launched FRIEDMAN mini-site, where additional Tokyo Jukebox – related videos will be unveiled in the coming weeks), FRIEDMAN further describes the collection, calling it some of the heaviest and best work of his career:

FRIEDMAN recently completed a European tour. He hopes to make an overdue return to North America in 2013.