Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS have cancelled their previously announced appearance at this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. The festival organizers have issued the following statement on the matter:
"Having cooperatively solved several organisational problems in advance and acommodating the band in more than one aspect, we finally got mail from the EXODUS management expressing its dissatisfaction with the band's festival bill's position, resulting in a cancellation of its show.
"According to the management, the band simply refused to go on stage before acts like DEATH ANGEL, who sell less records than EXODUS. Instead of accepting a position in the middle, taking the challenge to prove their stage qualities and giving everything to the audience in order to show everyone that they deserve a higher rank on the bill, they decided to decline and withdraw from the negotiated agreement.
"We really regret this final decision. However, we are not will[ing] to [be] pressured by EXODUS or any other band concerning bill position matters. Our running order has never ever represented the economic status of the bands we invited only. Being fans ourselves and regarding the festival as an event OF fans FOR fans, we always felt free to give those bands a special rank, who were highly acclaimed by our audience thanks to their fantastic performances. We've done so with CANDLEMASS in the past and this year with DEATH ANGEL as well, just to name two examples, both having had their 'Balingen debut' in some slot in the middle of the festival programme and having got such fantastic visitors' response, that we decided to invite them one more time and put them further up on the bill. We won't give in at this point and stop giving our audience what they want just to satisfy one single act.
"It is a pity, that the band considers its ego more important than the possibility to get on the stage of a festival like ours, as by this they let down all their fans who were looking forward to their Bang Your Head!!! appearance. As mentioned before: They could have proved their live qualities and their dedication and could have recommended themselves as one of our future guests getting the same special positioning as others, who played outstanding shows at Balingen. Unfortunately, the band decided to miss that chance...
"We're already in negotiations with an adequate replacement."
The running order for Bang Your Head!!! is now shaping up as follows:
Friday, June 23:
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
Saturday, June 24: