Reactivated early '80s Derbyshire, U.K. metallers HELL have cancelled their appearance at the Keep It True XII festival (which is scheduled to take place April 24-25, 2009 at the Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany) because their guitarist Kev Bower has to undergo surgery.
Commented the band in a statement: "It is with great regret that HELL have been forced to cancel their appearance at Keep It True XII. Kev Bower, the band's guitarist and synthesizer player, was today informed that he must have immediate abdominal (stomach) surgery to treat a problem which will become very dangerous if not treated straight away, and his surgeon has warned him that an 8-10-week recovery period is the minimum required after this. Since Kev performs such a complex two-part role within the band, finding a replacement is impossible given the close proximity of the show.
"HELL's first European appearance had generated great interest amongst metal fans — to the extent that some die-hards were actually travelling from the USA to see the show. This decision has been extremely sad, and HELL would like to offer their sincere apologies to all who were looking forward to seeing them. Our great thanks go to Oliver and all involved with Keep It True for inviting us — HELL very much hopes to see everyone at another Keep It True, another time."
Keep It True XII festival lineup:
ARMORED SAINT (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
LIVING DEATH (GER)
ZOUILLE & HANTSON (FRA) (A Night Of SORTILEGE)
RIGOR MORTIS (USA)
THE GATES OF SLUMBER (USA)
ATLANTEAN KODEX (GER)
IN SOLITUDE (SWE)
DEJA VU (GER)
For more information, visit www.keep-it-true.de.
Note: The poster below doesn't reflect the most recent changes that were made to the festival billing.