Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman has gone missing and the band is issued a statement with concerns about his well being. The band had released their 15th studio album, ‘2012’ earlier in the year, and has a tour with the Cult and the Mission scheduled for this coming September.
Reports state that Coleman disappeared after someone posing as him posted on the band’s official Facebook page that the band had pulled off of their forthcoming tour. The band has since denied cancelling and will do the dates, with or without Coleman.
The band also features guitarist Geordie Walker, bassist Martin “Youth” Glover (also producer for such acts as The Verve, the View and Futureheads) and drummer “Big” Paul Ferguson, posted this statement:
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.
This is not the first time Coleman has disappeared. He had previous quit Killing Joke and moved to Iceland in 1982, due to believing the apocalypse was imminent. During that time, he had studied and conducted many of the world’s top orchestras. He became a multi-instrumentalist and grew a passion for world music including Arabic, Czech folk and Maori music. Coleman had later moved to New Zealand in 1991 to live on a remote island, after one of the many rough periods in Killing Joke’s turbulent history.