IMMORTAL frontman Abbath has told the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende that the group's rabid fan base forced CRADLE OF FILTH to play an abbreviated set at Slovenia's Metalcamp festival late last month by constantly screaming for the Norwegian black metal legends to take the stage.
Asked by Bergens Tidende to name the highlight of IMMORTAL's reunion tour so far, Abbath said, "It was fucking great last weekend at Metalcamp in Slovenia. The audience was totally wild. They were clearly our fans; they screamed 'Immortal!' in between the other bands' songs. CRADLE OF FILTH walked off stage because they [the audience] screamed for IMMORTAL. They played a couple of songs and walked off stage pissed off. That's one of the funniest things I've ever seen!"
The organizers of this year's Metalcamp festival, which took place July 16-21, 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia, last week released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the rumors that CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth was "arrested" following his band's performance at the event.
According to a report posted on the Romanian web site Metalhead.ro, Dani, "in a state of advanced drunkenness," grabbed several portable fans (the kind used to control ventilation) from the stage and threw them at the security guards and the audience, which caused the crowd to start booing him. As a result the group's concert was cut short by "four songs" and the band "quietly" left the stage.
The following statement from Metalcamp representative Ana Lipec was released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET on July 24:
"Since the CRADLE OF FILTH performance was shortened [by] just a couple of songs, we didn't go out with any official statement. However, some rumors have begun [to spread] and it is time to tell the truth.
"CRADLE OF FILTH arrived to Tolmin on Thursday evening [July 19], one day before their performance. Since we, Master of Metal (Metalcamp promoters), are good friends with Dani and the crew, it was a very happy reunion. Everyone was in a very good mood as the atmosphere at Metalcamp festival area is really frendly and relaxed.
"The next day CRADLE OF FILTH started with the usual festival duties such as interviews and press conferences and photo sessions, and, of course, performed the main stage at Metalcamp festival. I guess the best explanation is that Dani just had a bad moment and was not in the best mood. However, it was never his intention to act against his fans or Metalcamp festival. Later on he explained that the [group's set] was shortened [by] three songs because of bad communication with his sound guys on the stage. Any rumors about Dani being taken to jail are far from truth. We parted ways [with Dani and the rest of CRADLE OF FILTH] in a friendly manner, as always."
(Thanks: Vegard Flatøy)