LEADFOOT, the North Carolina-based group featuring former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, were forced to cancel their previously announced July 30 appearance at Zaphods in Ottawa, Canada.
The following is Agell's official statement on the matter:
"We would like to apologize to everyone involved regarding our most recent cancellation in Ottawa at Zaphods. On our way to Canada, I discovered that I had lost my green card. It has somehow fallen out of my Swedish passport and was nowhere to be found. I tore my house apart looking for this little card that had been in my possession since 1981. We ended up driving 3 hours south to Charlotte, NC. which is our BCIS (immigration) headquarters for all [North Carolina] residents. We arrived there at 11:30 AM. There were 500 people ahead of me and they closed at noon. This was the day before the show. We wanted plenty of time to complete a lengthy drive north.
"We returned to my house, where I proceeded to keep on searching but to no avail. We returned to BCIS in Charlotte the next day at 5:30 AM. They opened at 7:30 AM and I was number 10 in line. By 9:30, they issued me with temporary proof of permanent residency in my passport. We then started to haul ass towards Canada. By the time we got through West Virginia, we realized that we would not reach Zaphods in time for a show that had to be over by 11 PM. We called the club repeatedly, which incidentally has no answering machine, and finally got through to one of the bartenders. If no explanation was given at the door, we are sorry, that is beyond our control. We consider ourselves a professional band and do not miss gigs if it can be helped. You must understand, that without the green card, my work permit would be invalid and more importantly, I would be unable to return to my home in the United States.
"We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused attendees and we would especially like to apologize to Eugene Haslam and the staff at Zaphods. Hopefully, we can make up the date in the not-too-distant future."
LEADFOOT's third album, "We Drink For Free", was released in April through Abstract Sounds Records. The CD was recorded last year with the help of Grammy award-nominated engineer Mark Williams.