According to an official statement issued by MANOWAR's management company, Magic Circle Management, the promoters of Italy's Gods Of Metal festival have reported that, "due to financial constraints placed upon their company," the festival may not take place in 2007. As a result, "they will not honor their original agreement made with Magic Circle Management for what would be MANOWAR's fourth headlining appearance, bringing with them RHAPSODY OF FIRE as special guests and the Italian debut of HOLYHELL."
As a side note, MANOWAR holds the record of headlining the Gods Of Metal festival more times than any other band. MANOWAR and Magic Circle Music would like to clarify that they are in no way responsible for the cancellation of next year's MANOWAR performance.
Commented MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio, "We wanted to inform fans as soon as possible so that they would not purchase tickets expecting to see MANOWAR perform at the festival. The promoters have, in the past, been known as men of honor and our trust in them went so far as to allow them exclusively to announce our appearance for 2007. We as a band understand that our Italian fans will surely be disappointed, but make no mistake about it. This was not our decision. We too are disappointed. We have been preparing a very special show just for our Italian fans and we will now seek every opportunity to bring this massive show to Italy. We will never let our fans down."
As previously reported, MANOWAR will release a new single, "The Sons of Odin", in October 2006, followed by a full-length DVD containing the historic Earthshaker Fest 2005 performance in November. Fans can soon expect more details about the release date of the new studio album, entitled "Gods of War".
MANOWAR were forced to reschedule some of their previously announced European dates earlier in the year due to an unfortunate accident involving MANOWAR guitarist Karl Logan. "Our first concern was to be sure that Karl was in good condition," MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio said at the time. "As soon as we were certain Karl would be able to play again in the near future, we wanted to give our fans as much information as possible to keep them abreast of plans for the tour."
MANOWAR has sold over eight million records worldwide. The group's last studio album, "Warriors of the World", was a critically acclaimed chart-topper in Europe, reaching gold status in Germany.
The upcoming MANOWAR album will be released on the band's own label, Magic Circle Music.