Sodom comments on tribute show cancellation by Destruction
As we reported here previously, German thrashers DESTRUCTION have cancelled their scheduled appearance at the Chris Witchhunter Tribute Concert, due to an apparent dispute with the flyer and poster design. A posting on Sodom's MySpace page added:
"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."
Destruction have just issued the following statement:
"To cut down rumours about the cancellation of the Chris Witchhunter Tribute Show, we need to speak out the truth about the non-professional behaviour of the so-called "promoter".
Destruction agreed to play for free, without any of the normal demands on this charity event, the only demand was a professional poster. After that the wanna-be-promoter took the band off the bill. No communication with the band or the agency, nothing!
This decision was beyond the band's control and will only hurt the fans and Chris' relatives.
As a matter of respect for our dead friend, we will not fight this senseless decision in public. The event is a good thing for Chris and his family. Chris would turn over in his own grave, after such a stupid act. Destruction apologizes for this brainless decision of this wanna-be-promoter. Support Chris and his relatives!
The Chris Witchhunter Tribute Concert 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).