The politics of touring are multi-faceted, but either way you spin it, this seems like a pretty dick move: AWOLNATION pulled out of a tour with Death From Above 1979 at the last-minute in order to go on tour with Prophets Of Rage, the Rage Against The Machine/Public Enemy/Cypress Hill supergroup that just extended their Make America Rage Again Tour. As Consequence of Sound points out, DFA1979 — now without a touring mate — were forced to cancel the entire tour, which was scheduled to kick off last week in Michigan and run through the end of July. In a Facebook post, the band noted that they “had nothing to do with that decision,” and that “as boring and/or square as it is to say, the reality is that the costs of touring are simply too high for us to endeavor on such a short run.” Here’s the band’s full post:
Dear friends and fans, 😔😥😤
Late last week we learned that many of the dates we were scheduled to play with Awolnation were cancelled. We had nothing to do with that decision, but in turn we have decided to not participate in the remaining shows. We scrambled all weekend to try and still make things work, but there simply is no way. As boring and/or square as it is to say, the reality is that the costs of touring are simply too high for us to endeavor on such a short run. We were excited to come play your towns and spend the summer getting weird with you. All that fun will have to wait until the fall on our AMAZING tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Deap Vally. See you in October! DEATH FROM ABOVE (1979)
ps: For refund information please contact the retailer where you originally purchased your ticket.👎😾💩
DFA1979 will be back out on the road in October with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Deap Vally.