Jaz Coleman, frontman for tribal-postpunk legends Killing Joke, has reportedly gone missing, and the rest of the band has said that they’re “concerned about our missing singer’s welfare.” Coleman reportedly disappeared after someone claiming to be him (but who may have been a fan posing as Coleman) reported on the band’s Facebook page that Killing Joke had pulled out of planned tours with the Cult and the Mission.”
According to a statement from the rest of the band, they had no intention of canceling the tours, and, if they can find Coleman, they’re still hoping to play them as planned. As the Daily Swarm points out, this behavior actually isn’t without precedent; Coleman previously quit the band and disappeared in 1982, moving to Iceland because he believed the apocalypse was imminent. We’ve got the complete text of the band’s statement below.
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.
(via Killing Joke’s Facebook)