Blackened Fest Implodes…Every Band Drops Off the Tour
Blackened Fest 2009 is officially in arrears. All bands, bar MAYHEM, have dropped off the bill. As reported by an embedded Metal Injection reporter MARDUK, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and WITHERED are all no longer featuring on the tour – MAYHEM will instead complete the rest of the dates alone.
An excerpt from the fine piece of investigative journalism reads as follows:
“When a band drops a tour, it instantly voids the contract made between the booker and the promoter for each venue. In other words, what ever money that each band was originally supposed to get at the end of each show was changed when Marduk didn’t show up. Because Mayhem was the headliner, they believed that they deserved their full guaranteed money still. They didn’t realize that Cartel had to renegotiate contracts with the promoter every night. With an extra bus to pay for and Mayhem still requesting the majority of the earned cash to match their original guarantee, the tour manager was left with no money to work with. The drivers didn’t get paid and they weren’t driving until they did. The support bands weren’t making much money some nights, but were willing to hold out a couple days for cash. Unlike Mayhem, who wanted their full cash up front, every night.”