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Earthshaker Roadshock : il comunicato (ENG)

Pubblicato il 8/05/2007 da in News | 0 commenti


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Questo il lungo comunicato, in lingua inglese, diffuso da Get Smart! Agency riguardo l’annullamento dell’Earthshaker Roadshock Tour:

The organizers of the Earthshaker Festival have issued the following
statement regarding the cancellation of their Earthshaker Roadshock Tour,
which came to a grinding halt following the May 4th show in Nürnberg,
Germany. The tour featured FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, AFTER
FOREVER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN and ALL ENDS:

“As of May 5th all remaining Roadshock Tour dates were officially cancelled.

Unfortunately, we have been given no other choice but to confirm that the
Nürnberg show on May 4th was the last show of the Roadshock Tour, and
because so many people were looking forward to the upcoming shows we feel
it’s only fair to explain why the decision was made to pull the plug. The
list of factors leading to the decision is far too long to present here, so
we have decided to list the “highlights”:

The tour was “organized” by the Belgian company Metallysee. Unfortunately,
we bought their sales pitch and provided them with our name and marketing
tools. A total of 17 dates across Europe were confirmed and a schedule was
outlined, but the closer the tour got and the more concrete our questions
became regarding the details the less we heard from Metallysee. We found
this rather strange and decided to send along a reliable and experienced
Earthshaker representative who would keep an eye on things.

We soon discovered that Metallysee had promised far more than they were
prepared to give. Their tour parameters featured massive miscalculations
that included, in many cases messed up deals or even unsigend contracts with
local promoters, the communication between Metallysee and the promoters and
the bands was likewise sporadic. There had clearly been almost no
preparation for the tour. Meanwhile, several local promoters contacted us to
complain about missing posters and the lack of communication on Metallysee’s
end in general since no one there could provide them with answers. On top of
all this, the person at Metallysee responsible for overseeing the tour quit
only a few days before the very first show day, leaving only the other
clueless people from the company in the picture. The only person able to
communicate with second or third parties, and providing said parties with
rather unsatisfying answers, was Metallysee’s tour manager.

The drama that would unfold began with the tour start in Antwerpen. Only
some of the required and expected gear showed up, the wrong tour busses had
been ordered (resulting in daily attempts to fix the problem), a trailer
used to transport equipment was defective thus making it impossible to
transport gear from A to B, and Metallysee was either too incompetent or
totally disinterested in finding a solution to these problems. The Adelsheim
show had to be cancelled as a result of Metallysee’s inability to address a
situation that, with a little effort, could have been solved to allow the
show to go ahead as planned.

Then there were rumours that the tour would be cancelled. The buses hadn’t
been paid for, the bands hadn’t been paid or had to wait for their money,
etc.

All of this resulted in the entire Earthshaker team trying to sift through
the dirt and put things back in order. Following countless discussions with
the bands, their respective management, local promoters, and finally
Metallysee – who were, as stated, only reachable once in a while – we
considered taking over the tour ourselves and, in cooperation with the
bands, see it through to the end on a professional level. Sadly,
Metallysee’s so-called “planning” for the tour – in particular their amateur
handling of the contractual proceedings with the local promoters – made this
impossible.

Metallysee, however, reassured everyone that things would be sorted out and
the tour would go ahead as planned. After the show in Frankfurt the next
night, however, Metallysee’s tour manager quit and went home. At this point
it was obvious that Metallysee had disappeared from the face of the earth as
far as the Roadshock Tour was concerned.

To leave 47 people stranded after days of uncertainty while exhibiting an
obvious disinterest in solving the problems plaguing the tour is not only
highly unprofessional but completely immoral. On Friday morning we received
a phone call from one of the owners of Metallysee saying everything would be
under control shortly; bands and the busses would be getting paid, a new
tour manager would arrive in a few days, until then the drum-tech could take
care of all the details…

Unbelievable…

Because we, the Earthshaker team, were the local promoters for Nürnberg we
did our best to sort out the immediate issues for the bands when they
arrived. Fortunately, our representative Richard had been able to keep
things together up to that point. Richard, thank you for your help. Of
course, in Nürnberg we found out that Metallysee was due to pay the money
that was owed to keep things running that day…which is probably why the
tour manager left th enight before. Thanks for that.

At that point, however, we – the Earthshaker team, bands and respective
management – had no other choice than to decide to end the tour in Nürnberg.

The bottom line was that it didn’t make any sense to continue the tour
without a definite gameplan and a tour company (Metallysee) that refused to
take any responsibility. The unpaid busses also made continuing the tour
impossible. Up to this point we have no idea what kind of arrangements or
agreements Metallysee had made for the 47 band and crew members with regards
to getting them home, and suddenly there was no one at Metallysee who could
provide the information. We had no choice but to take matters into our own
hands, and with the help of the bands, management and agents, get everyone
home as quickly as possible.

In spite of the great performances by each of bands and the energetic
reception of the audiences they played to, the uncertainty bred by
Metallysee’s psycho terror had taken it’s toll on everyone involved,
effectively crushing the desire to continue.

We feel particularly sorry for the bands and the fans that had been looking
forward to the remaining shows. You all deserved so much better than this.
In the end, we cannot only point the finger of blame at others, but also to
ourselves for having chosen to work with Metallysee. We’ve certainly come to
know much more professional companies in our years on the scene.

In closing we’d like to thank the fans for your support and your energy. A
big thank you to Richard, the light at the end of a very dark tunnel! We’d
especially like to thank the bands – FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER,
AFTER FOREVER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN and ALL ENDS – who were more than
cooperative, made the best out of a horrible situation, and gave their best
to the fans each night in spite of everything. Watch their official websites
for more details on what happened.”

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