Britain's all-girl rock band/sex commune ROCKBITCH have announced plans to cease all gigging activities following tonight's concert in Worcester, UK. According to a message posted on the band's official web site, "we were en-route to our gig in Sheffield, England when the phone rang and we were informed that the council had put massive pressure on the venue and that the gig would not now be going ahead. ...We believe that someone on the council saw the Anna in Wonderland program on us the night before on BBC choice, and freaked out. This gig has been booked for over a month, and we've played it a couple of times before with no problems, so there's no real reason for it to be suddenly pulled. Bit of an over-reaction to never gig again just because of that, you may think. But this is the straw that has finally broken the back of a very tired, very beaten camel. Over the last few years the tactic of last-second cancellation has been a common one used against us - it inflicts maximum financial damage (obviously because we've already traveled or are traveling to the country, have bought/hired all the gear/food/hotels/vehicles/etc.). Add to this that because gigs are commonly at the weekend, and the ultimatum is often given to the venue last thing on a Friday afternoon, (even on a big tour) it means that we can't even use official methods of wrangling as a comeback — we just lose. We just lose..."We are professional musicians. The commune is solely financially supported by the band, and rich we are not - in fact if we didn't live communally there's no way we could have carried on as long as we have with these kind of losses. In the past we've lost 44 dates at once, we've lost 20 dates at once, we've had a (false) statement that we broke restrictions faxed to every venue on an English tour resulting in the last nine dates being pulled - we survived it. "But we can't afford to live like this any longer..." To read the entire statement on ROCKBITCH's decision to discontinue touring activities, visit the group's official web site at this location.
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