Finland's STRATOVARIUS have been forced to cancel their previously announced show in Moscow, Russia on May 2.
According to the group's official web site, "The promoter, 'Ghost Music', did not fulfill the terms we agreed on twice and didn't send the money to pay the flights to Moscow. After the second deadline ran out last Thursday and there was still no sign of cooperation in a professional matter we saw ourselves in the situation to cancel the show.
"We really don't know what exactly happened but we heard from other bands that this promoter cancelled shows before. When there are fans outside who actually bought some tickets for this show and now won't get the money back it would be nice to let us know in order to avoid any work with Ghost Music in the future. This might be also important for other bands. It also makes us wonder that we did several interviews with Russian magazines and nobody of these journalists saw this show advertised somewhere in or around Moscow.
"Right now our booking agency is trying to find another promoter in Moscow to make an appearance of STRATOVARIUS possible there."
In other news, STRATOVARIUS kicked off their "Elements Pt. 1" world tour by playing a "secret" show in Jyväskylä, Finland on Monday (March 17). The band, who waited until about 24 hours prior to the gig to officially announce the location of the concert, reportedly played for about 100 minutes and put on a stripped-down performance that didn't feature most of their soon-to-be-unveiled stage props, which will apparently include "two live puking mooses" (!) during one song.
(Thanks: Timo Isoaho / Sonera Plaza Kaista)