Jaz Coleman, lead singer of Killing Joke, is missing according to bandmates, placing a forthcoming tour with The Cult and The Mission UK in jeopardy.
A Facebook message posted yesterday by the members of Killing Joke stated their concern for their singer:
“He is now AWOL and has not been contacted by any of his bandmates. We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved. We are all concerned about our missing singer’s welfare.”
Earlier this month, the band pulled a scandalous post from their Facebook page concerning the tour scheduled to commence September 10 in Manchester, claiming it to have been written by a trouble-making fan posing as Coleman:
“It gives me great pleasure to announce the cancellation of the upcoming gigs with The Cult and The Mission,” the post said. “Frankly, playing at a gig with The Cult never appealed to me in the first place. The only reason we allowed ourselves to be talked into it was to blow both bands off the stage and steal their respective audiences.”
Knowing Killing Joke’s history of bizarre antics (including a sudden relocation to Iceland to avoid an apocalypse and a mystic, Pandemonium recording session inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza), it’s impossible to speculate how this latest drama might unfold.