Posted in metal | music on July 31, 2012

Killing Joke at Irving Plaza, December 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)

It's been a beyond bizarre few days for Killing Joke. The UK band, scheduled to make appearances with The Cult and The Mission in September, recently removed the following Facebook post that reportedly was posted by frontman Jaz Coleman:

Dear Gatherers,
It gives me great pleasure to announce the cancellation of the upcoming gigs with The Cult and The Mission.

Frankly, playing at a gig with The Cult never appealed to me in the first place. The only reason we allowed ourselves to be talked into it was to blow both bands off the stage and to steal their respective audiences.

As the concert has been downgraded to a venue that we have recently headlined (and sold out) it doesn't make sense. In addition to this Gatherers would only get to listen to a one hour set.

Then there would be a problem with the dressing room and witnessing The Cult charge the fans $200 per head for a Meet & Greet.

Lastly, all their songs suck! They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their hometown as L.A.)...

On a more positive note KJ will be recording in Argentina just after Christmas and Brixton Academy is booked for Spring.

I do believe the band will play a private gig at Metropolis Studios (London) which is of course open to all Gatherers (you are the first to know!).

I hope you are all as relieved as I am!

Black Jester

PS I don't want your money
PPS Life without KJ is unthinkable!"

None of the above was discussed with the other members of Killing Joke, and the statement's alleged creator has since gone missing. KJ offered the following statement in follow-up Facebook post:
A statement was posted on Facebook, reputedly by our singer, maligning both The Cult and The Mission and pulling us out of the shows.

He is now AWOL and has not contacted any of his band mates.

We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved.

We are all concerned about our missing singer's welfare.

Killing Joke made a collective decision to play with The Cult and The Mission in September.

It was agreed by all of the band that we would do these shows. Indeed, we thought that they were something to look forward to, even though they were downsized.

We would still like to honour our commitment to this tour, the other bands, and all the Gatherers and people who have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements.

If this proves not possible, Killing Joke will make alternative arrangements to compensate for the trouble caused.

Meanwhile we are doing everything we can to make this tour happen and locate our missing singer.

KILLING JOKE

Best wishes to Killing Joke and the safe return of frontman Jaz Coleman.

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Comments (44)

No Jaz no KJ, simple as that.
Sounds like the acid kind of caught up though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:04 AM

I love the lead singer's statement and don't think it sounds bizarre at all. Having $$$ meet and greets with fans and stating your from Los Angeles is what's fucking embarrassing, not this guy's statement.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:07 AM

The REAL 'Black Jester' is frohawk.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:09 AM

STREET JUSTICE

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:10 AM

Jaz sounds like a petulant schoolboy...

Why are they even lowering themselves to playing with such vapid bands?

Posted by Skygazer | July 31, 2012 10:11 AM

^ not sure I agree that Jaz is being petulant. It could be that he went along and just got to the point where he said "fuckit, I ain't gonna play this game no mo". I've been there, albeit without the dramatic disappearing act. All this to say, it could be that he's having a late-career crisis and just sick of the games and stuff. Not petulant at all, just fed up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:18 AM

WHITE ZOMBIE SOLD OUT

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:19 AM

too much Fernet

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:29 AM

Is he missing missing? As in call the police to look for him missing? Or is he ducking his own bandmates? I can't tell.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:37 AM

In his autobiography he mentioned that he 1) carries pepper spray at all times, and 2) is a big Fiona Apple fan...

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 10:40 AM

As much as I hate saying this type of comment about anybody 'cause it sounds so lame, "that's just Jaz for ya".

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 11:04 AM

Jaz straightening things out , and putting lameos in their place. all is good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 11:16 AM

Not for nothing, but I'd be embarrassed to play with both of those bands, too. Killing Joke still rules, The Cult were once great but are now a sad parody, and The Mission always sucked. The end.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 11:20 AM

Why so serious?

Posted by The Mighty KC | July 31, 2012 11:24 AM

he's totally in the right ..

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 11:26 AM

Jaz has always had this self-importance to him (not that I mind too much), but I'm not surprised at all that he wouldn't like the Cult at all, never mind trying to pull away from the tour.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 11:28 AM

His self importance is the truth there aren't many artists as important as killing Joke .. the tour got downsized to venues that they have headlined then what do they need the cult for , to take the better dressing room and subject everybody to rehashed AC/DC riffs and Jim Morrison posing ....

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 11:46 AM

"His self importance is the truth"

Well, that's kinda why I highlighted the fact that he is self important. It goes a little past that (but not a lot). But since I prefer KJ over those two bands significantly, it soesn't really bother me too much, so no worries, mate.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 12:00 PM

He's in artistic exile ..he doesn't want to go on this bomb tour with these 2 shitty bands ... even at their age KJ's new albums still break new ground absolute dissent was brilliant and even the 2004 self titled album fucking crushed and is the only post 9/11 album to tell it how it is ..

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 1:21 PM

Jaz has pulled this stuff before. Back in KJ's heyday, he mysteriously took off and holed up in Iceland. You just don't get many artists that want to stand by what they believe in anymore. That's what makes Jaz so great...exasperating at times perhaps...but still great!

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 1:45 PM

WELCOME GATHERERS!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 1:53 PM

I like THE CULT...
this guy has 'white people' problems.

REMINDER
****Dude, you make money making music!****

You don't have a fucking JOB, like most of us, be happy!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 2:21 PM

I like THE CULT...
this guy has 'white people' problems.

REMINDER
****Dude, you make money making music!****

You don't have a fucking JOB, like most of us, be happy!!!

Well i am glad you are so lighthearted about undermining his feeling ... you like the cult as in the records Rick Rubin produced ...

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 2:29 PM

and the Cult hasn't put out a decent album in decades ... since Matt Sorum joined guns and roses they seem to just hang around the LA eating up droppings from GNR fans ...

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 2:32 PM

Then a lot of things happened at once: Fran shimmy-shucked me in the testes, causing one of them to rupture, and sending a warm mixture of blood and jizz streaming down to my left calf. Lenka kicked a desk, which flew yodeling into Tanner's gaping muff. I tried to free up a paperweight, but all my hand came away with was a clump of the butler's graying pubes. Then someone turned the lights out.

When they came back on, Johnny Slocum was standing over me with a blue felt trick dildo in one hand. He didn't look happy to see me.

Posted by Hartford | July 31, 2012 2:56 PM

When they came back on, Johnny Slocum was standing over me with a blue felt trick dildo in one hand. He didn't look happy to see me.

i bet that dildo was covered in hummus.....

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 2:58 PM

whats a trick dildo? seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 3:01 PM

whats a trick dildo? seriously?


it's what the Cult demand on their rider ..

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 3:03 PM

Ture dat, 1:45.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 4:44 PM

Isn't there a cult song with rap lyrics in a budweiser commercial?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 4:53 PM

he got trapped in a LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 4:58 PM

Yes 4:53 PM She sells Sanctuary was used in a Bud Lime commercial.
No 200 dollars for a meet & greet?
Cant blame Jaz then for taking off although maybe he should have decided that in the first place before the dates.
Who knows precisely when large promoters are involved.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 1:05 AM

Here's a little something that's being overlooked - this was announced days after Coleman's "statement":

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=506293762719859&set=o.303605232996&type=1&theater

A little embarrassing, perhaps?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 5:27 AM

Jaz a bitch yo

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 5:27 AM

Why would a man with such integrity post that? Unfortunately there are goons and spooks looking to do evil things, because of jealousy. Many important singers, people outside of government have been killed by the global satanic nwo government. Hoping this is not the case, but too many good people are being secretly kidnapped and killed now. We pray for you jaz Coleman. Take note, if you are in the public eye, have many body guards to watch you.

Posted by Truth1 | August 1, 2012 6:48 AM

There's no integrity in making commitments to others, and then breaking them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 11:06 PM

You Morons have Conned us readers. You spread nothing worthwhile of a gesture of thought. PArasites. Fuck Face Twats.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:09 AM

he a jugalo?

Posted by cannibal | August 2, 2012 5:25 AM

^ did you see him at the meetings? then i guess not, genius.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:54 AM

11:06 is absolutely correct

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:54 AM

The REAL 'Black Jester' is frohawk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 9:36 AM

Dude is HARDCORE.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 7:56 PM

awesome threads. truly great music

Posted by vue 8 residence | September 26, 2013 11:31 PM

great post. this is the infrmation i been look for too.

Posted by inflora | October 5, 2013 7:24 AM

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