Booking Agent Slams VOIVOD Over NILE Tour Cancellation

October 23, 2002

The booking agent in charge of the forthcoming NILE tour of North America has slammed VOIVOD over the group's decision to cancel their participation in the upcoming month-long trek.

VOIVOD were originally set to perform on the five-band bill alongside NILE, NAPALM DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and THE BERZERKER. However, in an official statement released last week, VOIVOD officially withdrew from the tour, citing a desire to focus on the recording process for their forthcoming album, "The Multiverse", as the main reason for their decision to pull out of the trek.

Not so, according to John Finberg of First Row Talent, who claims that the actual reasons for the group's decision to back out of the tour were at least partly money-motivated.

"The official reason VOIVOD bailed on the upcoming tour, contrary to reports from 'within the camp' is that the member — whatever he is named this time [presumably referring to Jason Newsted—ed.] had an enormous star attitude and demanded everything from more money to a catering list that could feed an army, along with the 'my own bus' request," Finberg said in a written statement submitted to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "They didn't leave to finish the record and actually the band are three weeks away from finishing their 'opus' and would certainly have been ready to tour eight weeks later, but according to the 'manager', the words from the mighty ONE was he would rather be opening for the FOO FIGHTERS. It all starts three weeks ago when a major pay increase was asked for to cover 'new things' that arose recently. Then we hear from what we are told [is] an intern that the rumors spread were inaccurate and to continue work on the tour. Post after post came back [stating that] they were off [the tour], but management swore time and time again — a lie, of course — they were on and it was an assistant and not anyone who had any authority to speak. They turned and left the package surrounded by lies. We found out about it by reading this site [BLABBERMOUTH.NET] one morning and upon a call to management were told for 30 minutes that it is a decision that came hours earlier. The NILE camp still has yet to receive a phone call or written correspondence from the ONE or anyone in the camp who feels we are owed the truth. Just setting the record straight since it has yet to be set."

Find more on
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).