Rotting Christ - Cancel US Tour Dates


Black metal purveyors Rotting Christ have canceled their US tour dates, scheduled for the end of this month. According to the band's statement, the main reason for this decision was an "unexpected delay" in the visa process. One of these dates also featured performance at Psycho Las Vegas festival. The organizers of the latter have issued their own statement in which they reject Rotting Christ's explanation. Full statement from both sides can be read below.

Rotting Christ comments: "It's with great disappointment that we announce our cancellation of our upcoming performance at Psycho Las Vegas. The unexpected delay in the visas process forces us to make a decision for first time in our 30 year history! We apologize to all our fans, this is out of our control indeed, and one way or another we will be back to perform in front of our American Metal brothers and sisters. Until then...NON SERVIAM. Enjoy Psycho Las Vegas and the rest of summer!"

Statement from Psycho Las Vegas organizers: "Psychos, we regret to inform you that Rotting Christ has decided to cancel their appearance at Psycho Las Vegas and their subsequent shows in Los Angeles and San Diego. Although there will inevitably be a statement on behalf of the band at some point soon, it's important that you know that this was not a case of Immigration stalling or denying their visas, which is far too often used as an excuse - instead, this cancellation is due to procrastination and poor planning by the band's label and petitioner.

"Rotting Christ was confirmed for Psycho Las Vegas at the beginning of 2019 and announced on the festival in February, with the two additional shows announced in May. Since the visa process has only proven to be more difficult in recent years, we offer the option for all bands playing the festival to let Psycho handle their visas - in fact, this year alone we've secured visas for Lucifer, Mork, Arthur Brown, Truckfighters and many of the international acts on the festival with our own in-house team. Rotting Christ declined our offer and ignored our emails in May and July which requested an update on their application process (if the application was in transit, there would be several options for speeding up the process with a 6-week buffer). Instead, their record label and petitioner chose to wait until July 18th to submit their visa application, and didn't inform Psycho of this until July 30th. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the visa process, it is close to impossible to secure a working visa in four weeks, and without expedition, visas can take anywhere from 90-days to 7-months to obtain. Applying one-month out was a completely pointless gesture.

"Over the past week, we have urged the band and their label to file for expedited processing, which would be the only way to get the visas granted within this short time frame (only the petitioner can file this, otherwise we would have done it ourselves). When the label refused, we offered to pay the processing fee out of our own pocket, and they have since ignored our phone calls and emails - as of today, it is simply too late to proceed. We fought as hard as we could to make this happen, but their label made a business decision to skip Psycho and that fucking sucks for all of us.

"This entire situation was completely avoidable, and we're sorry that those involved with the band in this matter didn't care enough about the festival and its fans to try to make this work."

Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Rotting Christ
 
Posted: 11.08.2019 by Abattoir


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11.08.2019 - 17:44
Discordant666
"Unexpected delays" are to be expected these days, sucks but thats how it is...
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11.08.2019 - 21:40
RaduP
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Wouldnt be surprised if the festival is telling the truth
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12.08.2019 - 00:32
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Masterchief
Money talks maybe, and Why EU needs us visa, where is trust to biggest allies,
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12.08.2019 - 09:30
silenius
I smell some fuckery going on here
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12.08.2019 - 10:11
pedders
Written by Bad English on 12.08.2019 at 00:32

Money talks maybe, and Why EU needs us visa, where is trust to biggest allies,

it all really depends from which country in EU you have a passport from
some countries have close ties with the US so it gets easier
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12.08.2019 - 11:04
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Masterchief
Written by pedders on 12.08.2019 at 10:11

Written by Bad English on 12.08.2019 at 00:32

Money talks maybe, and Why EU needs us visa, where is trust to biggest allies,

it all really depends from which country in EU you have a passport from
some countries have close ties with the US so it gets easier

Yes but for Canada works whole EU. Greece well seems its not trusty afer all...
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12.08.2019 - 14:06
ManiacBlasphemer
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Written by Bad English on 12.08.2019 at 00:32

Money talks maybe, and Why EU needs us visa, where is trust to biggest allies,


Not sure why you label EU as big US allies, reality says otherwise. Much of the loyal core of US allies today is in Eastern Europe with maybe the exception of UK, particularly the Visegrad 4 and adjacent neighboring countries. Also, the US grants a non-visa status to countries mostly based on their population, not necessarily based on loyalty. For example Poland, which has historically been pro-US after the anti-communist revolution still requires a visa because it has a huge population for US standards. Romania ditto. In contrast, countries such as Slovakia, Czechia, Bulgaria, Croatia or Hungary have a smaller population, which makes population management, absorption and assimilation more successful and less cumbersome in case they apply for permanent residence and/or eventually US citizenship.

Greece is part of the VISA waiver program, which allows residents of this country to travel visa-free for business and tourism purposes and can stay for a maximum of 90 days. Most likely the band applied for a different VISA program which Greece is not part of, which would explain the overall situation.

I assume the band and label management were either caught unprepared or maybe, attendance was low so they had to find an excuse to bail out. The first hypothesis is, at least from my point of view, highly implausible as the overall situation with obtaining US visas has been tedious for years, with many bands being forced to cancel gigs because of this. Not being aware of this is a sign of crass incompetence and negligence. The second option is my own unverified claim. I am not in possession of the number of tickets sold so I am just speculating.
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12.08.2019 - 15:52
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Masterchief
To me if you can not trust Europeains what is most closedt to US as part of western world... can you trust pakistan, china, asadies, chada and so on'? No I dont think so, but Europe you can,,, its not nice move from USA.
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14.08.2019 - 13:33
nikarg
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Oranssi Pazuzu just cancelled for the same reason.
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