Godflesh had a US tour planned to start in a few days but the industrial metal group has confirmed that the tour will have to be postponed and rescheduled for next year. The tour is being postponed due to visa issues and the new dates will be announced very soon. In this statement, Godflesh also confirmed their new album for May 2014.

Justin K. Broadrick explained: "The reason for all this is once again visa issues; as is often the case with UK and European artists wishing to work/perform in the US, it is a laborious process, and it was stalled by the US immigration office, the USCIS, that reviews and processes these visas. Clearly, and before the accusations come in, and I have already been made aware of several kneejerk reactions to this news, we, as a band, are not at the helm of this process - we have an reputable and professional agency in the US that worked this tour, and an US based legal team who work on achieving the visas, in tandem with our agency, all done within an extended timeframe which allows for any such problems, the issue here is quite simply that the USCIS stopped responding entirely to our legal team, regardless of how much our team relentlessly taxed the body for the petition/visa response, no response was forthcoming, irrespective of all efforts; the process had ground to a halt - they would not respond to us at all anymore, we had reports that the US govt. closedown was the final nail, but this is unconfirmed. So, once again, we are now going through the process, with even more time at our legal teams disposal to go through this all again and hope for the best."

"Please, understand this - it's bureaucracy to blame here, not the band or its agent / legal team, we all wish for the band to perform, otherwise why indeed would we even bother to invest time, energy and money into establishing this tour? Nor is it related to the ridiculous suggestion/assumption of my not wanting to tour; I do not wish to do large extended tours, I already am, and have been doing small tours, this was a small tour; Godflesh did a small tour of Europe earlier this year, and we, and I, have performed consistently throughout the world this year, I, as both Jesu, Godflesh and JK Flesh have performed twice in Moscow in the last six weeks, for example, besides countless other performances in many countries globally. So, please do not be ignorant and narrow minded about this situation, and understand that we obviously want to perform, and will perform. We will announce the new dates within the next few days, the tour will be followed by the new Godflesh album in May 2014. Thank You."

More recently, the band updated: "The new dates will be announced within 24 hours; they are almost exactly the same cities and venues, only the venue in SF has changed. The dates will begin in Philadelphia on 11th April, and end in Austin on April 24th. We may even have another date or two on the West Coast besides Seattle, Portland, LA and SF."


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Posted: 14.10.2013 by BloodTears



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BitterCOld - 15.10.2013 at 02:01  
Sucks they can't come. should make it easier for touring bands. on the other hand, as for barriers to entry, it's not like it's a snap for an American to get a p/t or fulltime job in Europe.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.10.2013 at 02:11  
Written by BitterCOld on 15.10.2013 at 02:01

it's not like it's a snap for an American to get a p/t or fulltime job in Europe.



but not a single band from the US ahas ever had any problems touring Europe. Not a single US band has been denied entrance on grounds of work related stuff. Touring as band is not regarded as working (i.e. taking jobs from Europeans) in Europe (either fulltime or p/t) wheeras in the US it apparently is seen as such.
BitterCOld - 15.10.2013 at 02:43  
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but not a single band from the US ahas ever had any problems touring Europe. Not a single US band has been denied entrance on grounds of work related stuff. Touring as band is not regarded as working (i.e. taking jobs from Europeans) in Europe (either fulltime or p/t) wheeras in the US it apparently is seen as such.


Like I said, should be easier for touring musicians. not sure why the problems - I've seen plenty of bands tour and he's been here before. And it's not like he has the criminal record of other acts that have had issues. (Shit even Keep of Kalessin made it on a tour with Behemoth ... wasn't one of their dudes charged with rape accusations in Canada while a touring musician for Satyricon?) Wonder if they got their shit turned in on time.

keep in mind my POV... England detained one of my best friends and kicked him on the next flight back for stating he might try to get a p/t barbacking gig while on vacation as a college student. At least they spared JB a couple unneeded flights across the Atlantic and a close encounter of the groping kind at the airport.

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