KILLING JOKE frontman Jaz Coleman has allegedly gone missing after a mysterious announcement was posted online that the group was canceling its U.K. tour.
Last week, a statement appeared on KILLING JOKE's Facebook page explaining that the band was pulling out of its trek with with THE CULT and THE MISSION, which was due to start on September 10 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. It was first thought to have been posted by Coleman, but is now alleged to have been the work of a fan.
The announcement, which has since been deleted, said: "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. Gatherers [as KILLING JOKE are affectionately known] 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-and-greet.
"Lastly, all their songs suck! They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their hometown as L.A.)."
KILLING JOKE members Geordie Walker, Martin "Youth" Glover and Paul Ferguson have since taken to Facebook to say that they haven't heard from Coleman since the previous announcement was made.
"A statement was posted on Facebook, reputedly by our singer, maligning both THE CULT and THE MISSION and pulling us out of the shows," they wrote. "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."
The original lineup of KILLING JOKE released its latest album, "MMXII" on April 2 via Spinefarm Records.