Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have issued the following update:
"[It's] now [been] over a week since all of our gear (guitars, bass, wireless systems, cymbals etc) was confiscated by the police in Peru. And we still have not received any news if or when it will be returned to us. At this point of time one can only speculate, but things doesn't look good though.
"[It's] not easy for us to say this, believe me, but due to the current situation we are unfortunately forced to 'postpone' our upcoming shows in Latvia and Lithuania. We can, as anyone might understand, not afford to buy a whole new backline just like that, and/or in time for these two shows, which are scheduled this coming weekend already.
"We understand this will leave a lot of you people disappointed, including the local promoters, but we sure hope to have this literally fucked up situation sorted out real soon, and new dates scheduled and announced to you shortly."
As previously reported, DARK FUNERAL performed an all-instrumental set in Lima, Peru on October 8 after the group's vocalist/bassist Emperor Magnus Caligula was taken ill. A near-riot followed the concert, with several irate fans destroying property around the concert venue as a way of registering their dissatisfaction over what they felt was a less than adequate performance. (Watch video footage of DARK FUNERAL fans engaging in post-concert vandalism: Video#1, Video#2.)
To read DARK FUNERAL's official statement regarding the Peru incident, click here.