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."
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