German thrashers Destruction have come across more bad luck when it comes to tours. The band has been forced to pull out of their upcoming Australian appearances due to the tour promoter "not wanting them after all". They were supposed to play on New Year's Eve at the Screamfest Australia metal festival in Sydney and in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth for a side-tour.
The tour promoter hasn't made any kind of official statement but said when queried by Destruction said: "The board of Just Say Rock cannot afford to bring Destruction down to Australia for the festival and other shows. Not helping...was that the venues in both Brisbane and Perth had spoken to Just Say Rock prior to this and wanted to either cancel the shows or bump Destruction into bars/pubs as the sales for these shows are poor with what they stated as "people showing little interest" in attending."
As of the time of cancellation Destruction was over a month away from making their fifth appearance down under. The band have said that they are devastated about the news and were really excited to return to Australia. More information and discussion can be found at Destruction's official forum here.
Apparently their Brisbane show only sold 5 tickets, and Melbourne sold about 30 or so. I suppose that kinda does explain it but I still think they should have been kept to appear at the festival and just had their sideshows cancelled. The sideshows realistically wouldn't have been financially viable.
They could have moved their shows to smaller venues anyway rather than cancelling the tour.