Turns out he was in Western Sahara all along
Jaz Coleman "disappeared" a couple of weeks ago after seemingly cancelling his band's dates with The Cult and The Mission. At the time his bandmates issued a statement which said "We are all concerned about our missing singer's welfare."
On Sunday, however, Coleman turned up and issued a statement through his new Facebook page, which was set up while he was missing.
"To the relief of family and friends, Killing Joke Frontman Jaz Coleman appeared today from his retreat in the Western Sahara bemused by all the fuss of his disappearance. "I’ve been finishing my book and writing the score for my new project – (The Nirvana Symphonic) – (laughs), what’s all the fuss about then?”
"Coleman had apparently been living a nomadic existence for the last month in the desert in order to concentrate on finishing his two current projects. Nirvana looks like becoming a TV show and a concert in Seattle in 2013 and the book and an exclusive Coleman album will be packaged together and available for order as early as next week.
"International media picked up on the story last week, sending it global, from the press release announced by the band on the Killing Joke Official Facebook site questioning his whereabouts. Fans from around the world have been more than proactive in their opinions - from random sightings in Christchurch New Zealand, to past recollections of his elusive behaviors in Iceland.
"Yet mystery still surrounds the message on Facebook regarding The Cult and The Mission Shows of which Coleman claims no knowledge. 'Looks like this has caused a right ding dong and feel its impossible to continue this tour under the circumstances'. His comments were to wish both The Cult and The Mission the best of luck on the tour, and to find out who has been impersonating him."
Coleman's Killing Joke bandmates today issued a statement, which said
"Okay. So let's get some stuff straight so we can all get on with whatever it is we all do.
"This whole tour situation has left a lot of people with a bad taste in their mouth and we can only apologise to anyone who bought tickets specifically to see us. We are working on a way of making sure we make it up to all of you so please keep your ticket Stubbs for the dates and we will do out best to make amends.
"Part of what makes this band what it is is the chaos that surrounds us all and we are unpredictable at best. If you understand our band you will also understand that the recent comings and goings are just another day in the Chaos Office. That said people parting with hard earned and not getting to see us is shitty and like I say we will make amends. "
The whole saga has prompted some fans to suggest that the disappearing act was a publicity stunt and, reading some of the comments on the Killing Joke Facebook page, some are pretty angry about it.
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