OBITUARY: Problems At The Canadian Border

OBITUARY frontman John Tardy has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Anytime you are in New York you know it is going to be a good night. The other nights show was awesome and we really appreciate all of the support! So much energy in the crowd that just spilled out on the stage... what a night!

"Yesterday, headed to Canada we ran into problems at the border. It seems like it is something everyday, but this really sucked! [Guitarists] Trevor [Peres] and Ralph [Santolla] were not allowed into the country. Complete bullshit and totally ridiculous! A couple of misdemeanor charges from the past and they would not let them in the country! Unreal!

"It seemed like the only thing we could do was cancel the show. We could play with one guitarist, but not without both. On the bus with us is Jack Owen (former CANNIBAL CORPSE and current DEICIDE). Jack is just here for the fun and is just hangn'. We also have Ken Andrews (ANDREW WK and former member of PAIN PRINCIPLE) who is teching for us on this tour. Those guys sat in the back lounge for about 5 hours and learned 11 of our songs.

"As they often say, the show must go one and instead of cancelling a show, we showed up and had a really great night. Toronto, we thank you guys for showing up and appreciate all the support. We owe a big thanks to both Jack and Kenny for busting their asses yesterday to make that show happen. We have not been in Canada for a long time and we did not want to cancel that show.

"As it turns out, it looks like some paperwork can be done so that this doesn't happen again. We plan on getting back to Canada and doing a lot more shows.

"Today is a much need day off and we will be at the ADC Center in South Bridge, MA tomorrow!"

An audio interview John Tardy conducted last month by Finland's Pommiradio has been posted at this location.

OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return" (Candlelight) sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan — slightly less than the 2,400 opening tally registerd by its predecessor, 2005's "Frozen In Time" (Roadrunner).

Watch fan-filmed video footage of OBITUARY playing "Chopped in Half" and "Turned Inside Out" on September 11, 2007 at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia:


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