Angelcorpse, currently on tour around Asia, have refused to play the Hong Kong show tonight.
According to their Facebook post:
“This post is for our Angelcorpse fans in Hong Kong.
Unfortunately, we (Angelcorpse) and our booking agent (Vent Box) were lied to by the Hong Kong promoter.
Let me explain:
When we arrived at the “venue” it was not a venue, it was a recording studio.
Everything was miced to make an Angelcorpse bootleg. So we told the promoter to go fuck off and we left.
Our sincerest apologies to our Hong Kong fans.”
As we were also in attendance we are quite taken aback by this peculiar announcement by the band and therefore would like to provide some facts:
As we walked around surrounded by metalheads who were hanging out in disbelief that Angelcorpse were refusing to play, we could sense nothing but complete disappointment in the band. What the audience here thinks really happened was the band showed up to the venue and were disappointed in the size and scale and decided not to perform.
What we think may have happened is some miscommunication between promoter and the band. When the promoter tried to explain the various uses of this space, including recording, the band must’ve misunderstood this venue as primarily a recording facility. Again we repeat, it is not.
After the band left, other people started showing up including the owner of a world famous venue nearby called Hidden Agenda – the same place that Periphery, Suffocation, Unearth, Anti-Flag, Sick of it All, Comeback Kid, Envy, and so many other world renowned bands have performed. The owner of the venue offered to move the entire show over to his venue. But Angelcorpse weren’t able to be reached as they had returned to their hotel in the outskirts of Hong Kong (by the airport).
The show continued without the headline act and all opening bands performed. Promoters reimbursed attendees if they wanted their money back. Those who stayed (what looked like the majority of attendees) were allowed to have half their entrance fees returned.