Wolverine Cancel First Show With New Guitarist
Wolverine were forced to cancel their first show with new guitarist Jonas Jonsson at the weekend, throwing the Progmotion festival into disarray.
The band have apologised for the “nightmare” which ensued after vocalist Stefan Zell was diagnosed with pneumonia, resulting in Kingfisher Sky taking their place at the Progmotion foundation’s inaugural event in the Netherlands.
It was set to be their first appearance following the departure of Mikael Zell and their split with Candelight Records, and followed several weeks of planning and rehearsals.
In a statement the Swedish outfit say: “Stefan was diagnosed on Tuesday evening, and the doctor thought he might be in such luck that he could sing by Saturday.
“He has been taking his medication, but although there have been some improvements he is not able to breather properly. As you all know, breathing is the foundation of singing.
“This is a nightmare to everyone involved. The organisers have spent lots of money on promotion, they have driven thousands of kilometres to spread the word, only to find their headliner cancels the show.
“We’ve spent a lot of time in rehearsals, getting Jonas on board. We really looked forward to getting back up on stage after more than a year off.
“There will also be financial issues involved regarding cancelled flights and so on.
“Last but not least, our fans that were coming to see us won’t get the chance. Some of you have probably booked hotel rooms as well. We do, of course, hope you go anyway and support the festival, since all initiatives to promote music should be applauded.
“We’re really sorry – but please know we did all in our power to make the show happen.”
Mikael Zell left Wolverine, perhaps temporarily, in March after becoming disillusioned. Stefan Zell said at the time: “He has been a vital part of the band for many years but did not contribute much to the writing of Communication Lost. He feels he has other priorities in his life right now. We certainly respect that. He will take a break until we’ve played the Progmotion festival. After that we will sit down and see if Mikael’s future is with the band or not.”
The Progmotion foundation was formed this year, aiming to provide “a new impulse to progressive rock in the Netherlands.”