Asian tour promoters Vent Box release statement regarding Angelcorpse show in Hong Kong:
“Some issues to address to the masses here regarding the Hong Kong show last night for Angelcorpse. This is our official statement and we urge that the fans of Angelcorpse not to be swayed by other subjective reports or blogs.
So what really happened?
Prior to the show, we were told by promoter Nowed Music Records that the venue will not be at the initial stated venue, MOM Livehouse, citing reasons that the livehouse has ripped them off on their previous show.
We totally understand that and was told that the new venue is New Wave Music (SEE ATTACHED PHOTO). Based on proven track records by Nowed, we trust them to deliver the best for Angelcorpse final tour and ample time was given to find a really good venue for the band. But the band was greeted with a really small dungeon venue at the basement of a music shop call New Wave Music instead of a proper livehouse which we know is pretty hard to come by one in Hong Kong.
Now, we understand how hard it is to find a venue in Hong Kong and we were communicating with the band management the whole time thru messages. And Angelcorpse management was PERFECTLY FINE to have the band perform their final rites to the diehards of Hong Kong regardless of the venue as they have played in worse venues before. We reiterate that throughout the previous leg of the tour, Angelcorpse has been friendly, co-orperative and professional. Even when we asked them about the dinner provided for them in Hong Kong, they did not complain even though we think providing the band with 4 sandwiches for dinner is really inappropriate.
However, Nowed Music Records told the band that if the cops come, just tell the cops they are there for recording (sensitive issue)only. A really small venue does not need to be micup fully because it will be too overpowering. At this point of time, Angelcorpse was confused.
We received a call from the band and promoter, talking about recording issues. Promoter denied trying to do unpermissioned recording but was unable to explain it personally to the band. As a booking agent, we helped whichever we could to explain, but apparently, Nowed Music Records was not helping the situation on the ground probably due to bad communication skills.
As Nowed Music Records was unable to give a good explaination personally regarding the recording, Angelcorpse made the decision to leave and not play the Hong Kong show.
We regret that the situation has come to this but at the end of the day, a promoter should do what he promises to deliver. Issues like this could be ironed out if you have pre-empt the band or even us, the booking agent. Instead, you chose to hoodwink us by telling us all is good. Bands are travelling thousand of miles to Asia to play. Last thing they want is to have a backstage on a stairway, with 4 sandwiches and risk getting bootlegged in a small venue.
At the end of the day, the band also have to consider the rest of the tour. When cops are mentioned, and if they were really arrested, the rest of the tour would have been upset. As promoters ourselves, we uphold the reputation of our scene by making sure that the bands leave with a smile on their face, praising our own scene.”