Rosario "Braz" of the promo department/press office from Live In Italy, the official official promoter of Italy's annual Gods Of Metal festival, has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding next year's installment of the festival:
"The post on MANOWAR website and the email sent by Magic Circle mailing list are totally untrue. Gods Of Metal will regularly happen in 2007. Dates are 2 and 3 June 2007.
"As festival promoters we decided to make different artistic choices instead of proposing MANOWAR as headliner for the fourth time in 11 years. As usual, Gods Of Metal 2007 will include the major international metal bands in the world.
"Regarding Magic Circle Music email and MANOWAR website announcement, we have already instructed our lawyer to start a legal action against them.
"See you on 2 and 3 June 2007."
MANOWAR's management company, Magic Circle Management, issued a statement on Thursday (August 3) claiming that the promoters of Italy's Gods Of Metal festival have reported that, "due to financial constraints placed upon their company," the festival may not take place in 2007. As a result, Magic Circle's statement claimed, "they will not honor their original agreement made with Magic Circle Management for what would be MANOWAR's fourth headlining appearance, bringing with them RHAPSODY OF FIRE as special guests and the Italian debut of HOLYHELL."