CANDLEMASS mainman Leif Edling has posted a message via the group's official web site regarding the changes in the groups' scheduled showtimes at this past weekend's Wacken Open Air festival which caused many of the Swedish doom quintet's fans to miss the band's performance at the event.
"Due to fuck-ups from the Wacken HQ, a lot of you — our loyal fans — missed CANDLEMASS' show last weekend," Edling wrote. "We are so sorry for this and can only blame a sloppy organization. Showtimes for bands do change, and it's up to the promoter to inform everybody about the changes in both the German and in the English language. This was not done properly, according to several fans we spoke to. Not even our colleagues in other bands knew about the time change. We can only hope the band will continue, and that there will be a time in the near future, perhaps next summer, when we can meet again. The gig was great, it's just sad all of you couldn't participate.
"In all, I can say that the chaos started earlier on the day when the Wacken transportation service forgot to pick us up in Hamburg. We arrived 3 hours late to the festival site and missed several interviews, plus the signing at Rock Hard's tent. It's very important to us to meet our fans and do interviews when we are out on the road. Without you and the great dedicated people that are doing the magazines and the fanzines, we are nothing.
"We were very prepared to give everything at Wacken. Unfortunately due to things beyond our control, we were not allowed to do that. We are so sorry!!"