The TAZ TAYLOR BAND, whose touring lineup includes legendary hard rock singer Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI), cancelled its Russian tour dates scheduled for May 2 and May 3 based on what the group previously stated was "entirely the decision of Graham Bonnet." Graham has since issued the following statement of his own regarding the matter:
"There's some speculation that the shows in Russia with the TAZ TAYLOR BAND were cancelled purely because of my unwillingness to perform. This isn't quite true. The reason for the cancellation was that we'd recently performed in Europe and the fees I'd negotiated and expected were not honoured. I actually lost money on the tour as my modest outgoings were far greater than my final paycheck. Regardless of our professions, we all work to make a living and get by in the world. I don't know of anyone who would in effect work for free, or even more bizarrely, pay to work. I'd like to apologize to all my Russian fans for the cancellation, I hope they understand, and I'll see them on the Graham Bonnet tour in Russia this June."
TAZ TAYLOR BAND's latest album, "Welcome to America", was released last year via Escape Music.
Watch fan-filmed video footage of TAZ TAYLOR BAND performing with Graham Bonnet on April 17, 2008 at the Avalon club in Budapest, Hungary: