Motorhead, Skindred out for major rock festivals this summer

via Loudwire
There’s been a little bit of lineup adjusting for some of the major rock festivals taking place in the coming months. The big news is that Motorhead and Skindred will both be missing out on some of their scheduled appearances at several of the ‘World’s Loudest Month’ festivals.

Each of the festivals affected have issued their own statements regarding the departures and potential replacements. Both Motorhead and Skindred were scheduled to be part of the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio, but will now bow out. However, festival organizers did reveal in their posting that Lacuna Coil and Living Colour have been added to the bill to fill the void. The music weekend takes place May 16-18.

Carolina Rebellion, which runs May 3 and 4, will be without Motorhead as part of their bill. Organizers state that they are currently working to book a replacement. Rocklahoma, which is taking place the weekend of May 23-25, are also looking to book replacements after the exits of Motorhead and Skindred.

And finally, the Welcome to Rockville festival, which takes place April 26 and 27 in Jacksonville, Fla., has revealed that Florida natives A Day to Remember have been added to the bill as Motorhead exits.

Each of the sites listed “circumstances beyond our control” in their statements about the two bands being unable to perform. Motorhead has yet to release an official statement, but Skindred released the following over the weekend:

To our US Fans & Family,

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of our upcoming US run this May (supporting our friends Seether, and appearances at numerous festivals). Due to circumstances far beyond our control, we have been forcibly cornered into a position which has left us unable to fulfil our scheduled touring commitments.

Once again for Skindred, an unscrupulous agenda adopted by a certain ‘company’ (who for legal reasons, must remain nameless at this point) has crippled our ability to bring our reputed live show to the United States. This, we want to assure you, is only a temporary setback. We have suffered a history of similar negligence in the past from various ‘companies’; lesser bands have crumbled and disbanded in the face of such failures. Whilst we are furious that we have been rendered unable to tour the USA this time around, we remain adamant that current circumstances will not deter us from returning in the near future.

As a band, and four individuals who live to tour and play music, please try to imagine our anger and growing frustration with this scenario. We want to play everywhere. We are not in the habit of pulling shows, whether it be in advance or at the last minute. Together with our team we put a huge amount of organisation and resources into our touring calendar; we do this to play shows, not cancel them. Disappointing our fans, fellow bands and organisers is not something we take lightly or want to do, ever. Cancellation is a last resort.

We believe in this album and what it stands for. From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank those of you who have already picked up ‘Kill The Power’, and for supporting us even when the chips are down. All we can ask is for your patience & understanding in this time, while we work on a solution to these current problems. We thank you for your continued support, and hope that any disgruntled fans can appreciate that our hands are tied. We hope that you can be understanding, and we WILL see you soon.

Thanks & respect,
Arya, Benji, Dan & Mikey

Skindred’s ‘Kill the Power’ arrived in stores earlier this year, led by the undeniable beat and heaviness of their title track.