Killing Joke 2012, volume 6, Killing Joke & the missing singer – has Jaz gone to Iceland… again?

Is it some perverse variation on Groundhog day? Killing Joke have just released an “official” statement via their official Facebook Page regarding Jaz’s recent rant.

If you aren’t aware of this – it started with the Cult, Mission & Killing Joke STADIUM tour, then the tour’s shrunk, then the tour’s off then there’s an exclusive gig.  Now there’s a great big retraction… WOULD THE REAL KILLING JOKE PLEASE STAND UP!

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.

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Inca Babies radio special, Thursday 2nd August 2012

Remember the Inca Babies?  Those gangly Birthday Party dopplegangers? The “post punk death rock band from Manchester, England, initially active between 1982 and 1988, but reformed since 2007, releasing an album “Death Message Blues” in 2010 and performing live across Europe”?

Well, I love ’em, and there is an Inca Babies special on a PBS 106.7 FM in Australia – available online:

This week on Junkyard, we’ll be featuring that wonderful English post punk band from the early 80’s, who have just reformed and released a brand new single, The Inca Babies, It should be a lot of fun on Junkyard this week!!!

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The Word magazine bows out with a Robert Smith interview

It is very sad news that “The Word” magazine has closed it’s doors, but they bowed out in style with Robert Smith on the cover.

Of course, the ever-exclusive Chain of Flowers site has the complete article, here’s a taster:

What is there to say about Robert Smith and The Cure? A band who set out to be “the punk Beatles” but became so much more. There isn’t one of us reading this who couldn’t whistle at least ten of their songs off the top of our heads – and, honestly, who else could you say that about? The Cure created their own corner of pop, a place that ran on humour and mystery and transgression; a place with enough danger to be exciting, but somewhere always anchored in something real and admirable and ambitious.

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Killing Joke apologise!

First the tour’s on, then the tour’s shrunk, then the tour’s off then there’s an exclusive gig (at £200 per ticket, ahem!) then…  Killing Joke come clean…  well, they will soon anyway according to their official Facebook page:

We’ll make an official announcement clearing up any questions around the Cult tour very soon. Apologies for messing you guys around – you know that’s never our intention, and we appreciate the support you have all shown us over the years. Regards.

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Killing Joke announce “exclusive” gig, Metropolis Studios, London, September 8th – at £200 a ticket!!!

The Killing Joke Facebook page announced today that the boys, after pulling out of the Cult/Mission tour, are gonna hold a small gathering… at £200 per ticket!  The general feedback from the faithfull seems to run aalong thr lines of “let me dig our those Age of Greed lyrics and have another looksie!”.  Hmmmmm.  Odd move, could be ill-judged.

FTZZZZZZZZ – coming back onto your radar, we’ve got some news from HQ. We’ve confirmed a new London show on Saturday September 8th. It’s at the rather intimate, very special Metropolis Studios in London. This is a truly one of a kind Killing Joke performance in front of cameras, with a full VIP experience, complimentary drinks, and a chance to all unwind together after the show. You’ll receive a personal lanyard pass and your name on the credits of the show’s DVD as well. What better way to come together. Regards.

via Facebook.

Killing Joke part way with the Cult and Mission shows

Not content with downsizing the Cult, Mission and Killing Joke tour, it now looks like the  shows may be off, but, either way, Jaz aint happy, and Killing Joke are off the tour!

It gives me great pleasure to announce the cancellation of the upcoming gigs with The Cult and The Mission.  Frankly, playing at a gig with The Cult never appealed to me in the first place. The only reason we allowed ourselves to be talked into it was to blow both bands off the stage and to steal their respective audiences.

As the concert has been downgraded to a venue that we have recently headlined (and sold out) it doesn’t make sense. In addition to this Gatherers would only get to listen to a one hour set.  Then there would be a problem with the dressing room and witnessing The Cult charge the fans $200 per head for a Meet & Greet.  Lastly, all their songs suck! They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their hometown as L.A.).

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Gary Numan, “The Touring Principle”, live at the London Hammersmith Odeon, 28 September 1979 (video, 48 minutes)

Gary Numan’s The Touring Principle ’79 captures the spectacular shows and innovative music that made his one of the biggest stars in the world at the end of the 1970s. Recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on 28 September 1979, this is one of those rare and very special moments in rock
when new ideas completely change the music scene. These concerts mark the transformation of synthesizer music from the post-punk underground into massive international success without the need for any compromise. From the towers of white light to the icy electronics, everything in this show is designed to be powerful, different, atmospheric and unique. Three decades later, there’s still nothing quite like it, which is why new acts and fans continue to discover and be influenced by many of the concepts, sounds and visuals on The Touring Principle. This concert was originally released as the first ever music video-cassette.

  1. “Me! I Disconnect From You”
  2. “M.E.”
  3. “We Are So Fragile”
  4. “Everyday I Die”
  5. “Conversation”
  6. “Remember I Was Vapour”
  7. “On Broadway”
  8. “Down In The Park”
  9. “My Shadow In Vain”
  10. “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”
  11. “Tracks”

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