BLIND GUARDIAN have been forced to cancel their previously announced show at the Bryansk Hard Rock Festival in Bryansk, Russia on June 22. According to a statement on the band's official web site, "the promoter was not able to organize the necessary payments for fee, flight tickets and visa documents. The promoter had a fair chance to do this, but failed three times."

In other news, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist Marcus Siepen has issued a statement explaining why their new live album, "Live", does not contain any material recorded during the band's performances in Greece, Brazil or Chile.

Siepen's statement reads as follows:

"We know a lot of people wonder why there are no songs from Greece, Brazil or Chile on the live album. We played some really great concerts in those countries and we know we have awesome fans there, but unfortunately we didn't have the chance to record our gigs there properly. All the other concerts were recorded with 48 tracks, in those countries we could only make 8-track recordings which of course do not sound anything like the other recordings. There is no chance to mix them so they could fit to the rest of the album so we decided not to include them on 'Live'. Instead of that we will use some of those recordings for the outtakes, which will be available for download on the homepage soon. The sound quality will, of course, be only on bootleg-level but at least you'll be able to hear some great songs from those countries too.


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