Killing Joke have appealed for information about the whereabouts of their singer Jaz Coleman, who they say has gone missing.
The veteran post-punkers, who released their 15th studio album ‘2012’ earlier this year, have posted a statement on their official Facebook page saying that they are “concerned for Coleman’s welfare” as they have not heard from him.
The band, who have The View and The Futureheads’ producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover in their line-up, have posted the statement after a post on their Facebook page, purported to be from Coleman, suggested that they were pulling out of a tour with The Cult and The Mission.
They wrote: “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.”
They continued: “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 [Killing Joke fans] and people who have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements.”
They continued further: “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.”
Killing Joke were due to tour with The Cult and The Mission in September of this year.