STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has issued a statement clarifying the reasons for the cancellation of his Brazilian solo tour.
"This is the truth about the KOTIPELTO Brazil tour!" begins the statement. "I didn't cancel the tour! Me and the guys in the band wanted to do the tour and I was calling every day to the booking agency and begging them to organize the tour. It would have been a dream for me to come there with my own band. I was VERY sad that it didn't happen.
"[The tour] was cancelled by the local promoter there in Brazil. He probably misunderstood our booking agency or something. If somebody is saying that I did cancel it, he is lying! I was the one who tried to get it done, even though all the other countries (Chile, Columbia and Mexico) were cancelled!!! We wanted to play in other countries, too, and the promoter promised us that we can play 6 shows in 4 different countries. Suddenly, they were cancelled and there was only 3 shows in Brazil. I told them that we want to do them because I love Brazil and would like to play there and also spend some holiday after the tour. Once again, I tried my best and hoped from the bottom of my heart that it would happen. I was sad and unhappy that it didn't happen. I am not responsible what other people do but at least I tried to show how much I care for my Brazilian fans and wanted to play over there. As you might know, except in Finland we only played 1 show in Germany, but it would have been 3 shows in Brazil alone! And still some people can say I don't care about Brazilian fans! It makes me even more sad to notice that some people don't realize how the things really are :( I do hope this tour could happen in the future. I am sorry things went like they did.
"Thanks for being there for me! Obrigado. Timo"