German thrashers DESTRUCTION have cancelled their appearance at the Chris Witchhunter Tribute Concert, which has been announced and will take place in Oberhausen, Germany at Turbinenhalle on April 11th, 2009. The event will honor late SODOM drummer Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek - who passed away on September 7th, 2008 from liver failure at the age of 42. Acts confirmed include: SODOM, TANKARD, DARKNESS, HOLY MOSES, THE PROTECTORS (featuring Protector), ASSASSIN, BLACKFIRE (featuring former Sodom guitarist Frank Blackfire), PARADOX, WORTMORD (featuring Grave Violator).
A posting on Sodom's MySpace page about the event reads as follows:
"Now that we invited lots of Chris Witchhunter's and Sodom's friends to this event, we're sorry to inform you that Destruction won't take part. Destruction - respectively Schmier - weren't satisfied with the flyer and poster design. Regrettably this discontent had also been discussed on the Destruction message board and thereby word spread to other forums too. Via e-mail Schmier let us know that he doesn't want to be "a support act" with Destruction and that we "are supposed to look for someone else!" instead. We regret their decision. There will be a replacement for Destruction, which we're going to introduce next Monday, January 19th, 2009!
As this festival's initiator, Sodom furthermore want to point out the basic idea behind this event again: We'd like to arrange a worthy farewell for Chris Witchhunter and still we also want to raise money for his mother. The event shall be a peaceful and untroubled party for every thrash metal fan. There's another topic that has been discussed on various forums too: 'Why don't Kreator take place, do they think they are too good for this?' If you have a look at Kreator's tour schedule you'll see that the band is on tour at this time. This is the reason why they can't take place! Well, this is a pity, but their tour had been planned a long time before the Chris Witchhunter Tribute Show."