Yowzer. The Killing Joke 2012 story moves into double figures. Chapter 10 sees the Cult giving the boys some breathing space, and extending what appears to be a olive branch, maybe allowing Jaz to remove his foot from his mouth and, potentially, allow Jaz to remove hi size fourteens from his mouth!
Could the tour be back on?
The Cult are deliberately avoiding saying much about the recent jibes at them attributed to Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman. And Ian Astbury says his band are allowing time for Coleman’s outfit to get their house in order.
Controversy erupted in July after a post appeared on KJ’s Facebook page ahead of the band’s planned tour with the Cult and the Mission. The announcement, soon deleted, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the cancellation of the upcoming gigs. Playing with The Cult never appealed to me in the first place. They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their home town as LA).”
The band quickly distanced themselves from the statement, and said that Coleman had gone AWOL. He re-appeared a fortnight later, claiming he hadn’t been missing and promoting new projects in the same announcement, leading to anger from fans who suspected it had all been a publicity stunt.
KJ said they were hopeful of repairing relations with the Cult, while Coleman insisted it would be impossible to appear on the UK tour with them. Now Astbury tells Music Nerd: “We made a decision to try to let everything settle before we say what we want to say.
“Apparently, the webmaster from Killing Joke’s website wrote the statement on their behalf. The band immediately issued an apology. “Jaz wasn’t even in the country when all of this went down. But the fact is, people are taking sides, nobody cares about Jaz Coleman and nobody cares about Ian Astbury. It’s easy to get caught up in the triviality of it all.
“For now, I will tell you we’ve given Killing Joke the opportunity to get their house in order. I have friends that are friends with Jaz, and so I felt it was right to offer a little cultural diplomacy.”
The UK tour dates, which start on September 10, still advertise KJ as the third act on the bill.
Previously, in Killing Joke 2012…
- it started with the Cult, Mission & Killing Joke proposed stadium tour
- then the tour’s been downsized
- then the tour’s off, or at least Killing Joke are out, and KJ’s Facebook page gets nasty to Astbury!
- then there’s an exclusive gig at £200 per ticket… not received too well by the fans
- then there’s an apology about the FB stuff
- then no-one new anything the Facebook stuff about it and Jaz has disappeared
- then the Metropolis gig is cancelled
- then Jaz is found alive and well in the Sahara, natch
- then Killing Joke come out fighting!