Beth Ditto in Pop Magazine - Aug 2007 (more)
New album won't be finished in time, too tired, and VISA issues - those are the respective reasons The Gossip, Noisettes and New Model Army are giving for canceling their upcomining tours. More info below....
The band has been touring non-stop for the last 2 years, the upcoming tour has forced the band to reconsider the effect another 8 week tour will have on them.NEW MODEL ARMY
They will be taking the next few months to rest up.
Noisettes will be back in the US with a rescheduled tour, early in the new year.
Please stay tuned for more info and upates; many apologies to disappoint...
New York, NY – Our continent will have to wait longer to see the legendary NEW MODEL ARMY grace the stage. Due to visa complications, the band has been forced to postpone their North American tour, a statement that’s become all too common when our artistic friends from across the pond attempt to transport their music to our shores.THE GOSSIP
“Today we have been informed that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has taken precisely 20 weeks (instead of the usual 8 or 9) to DENY our I-129 Non Immigrant Visa Applications,” declares NMA manager Tommy Tee, both disheartened and in disgust. “I can only apologize on behalf of the band, as I know how much work has gone into all these shows. For our part, having spent the past four years trying to rebuild the fan base and reputation of the band in North America after a long absence, we are bitterly disappointed. ”
With current the state of the music industry, independent acts rely heavily on the touring atmosphere. This loss carries to promoters, venues and, most importantly, the fans. And the frustration is something that is completely out of the artists’ control.
"We’re really puzzled by this refusal to issue visas,” questions singer and guitarist Justin Sullivan. “Over the last few years, we've worked a lot in America ,building up to this tour with a well-received album, good press and good ticket sales. And during this time we've encountered no problems with the authorities and have been received with courtesy and hospitality throughout the country.”
The Gossip have cancelled their upcoming tour of America as their upcoming live album won't be released in time.Previously
The band were due to start promoting the album with an extensive tour of their native country, starting off in Seattle on 20 November.
However, due to a delay in the release of the record the band have decided they will save hitting the tour bus until they have a new product to push. [gigwise]
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