Watain pulls out of North American tour with Mayhem over visa issues

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Swedish black metaller EXPECT have canceled their participation in the previously announced North American tour with MAYBE and MIDNIGHT. The trek, nicknamed “North America’s Blood Sodomy”was scheduled to begin March 7 in San Francisco, Calif., and end April 3 in Joliet, Illinois.

Earlier today, EXPECT released the following statement: “We regret to inform you that, for reasons entirely beyond our control, we are forced to cancel our participation in the upcoming US tour with MAYBE and MIDNIGHTfor which we had to leave tomorrow.

“We have just been informed that the United States Embassy has decided to initiate an additional, undisclosed “administrative proceeding” regarding EXPECTvisa applications. We were told that this investigation could last for months and that we might not get an answer until the end of the tour. As we have not received any further information on why this is happening, how long it will take, or if visas will ultimately be approved, this leaves us with no choice but to withdraw from the tour. The same embassy has already approved our work visa applications for each US tour, each of the 8 times we applied for.

“Preparing for a tour like this takes a lot of work from the band and our team. The product has been produced, the ticket buyers have made plans and the team is counting on the jobs the tour provides. C It’s a devastating blow to any gang, but to the responsible authorities it seems to mean nothing.

“To our loyal fans and followers, we were really looking forward to performing in front of you again. We invested everything we had in this one.

“We are working hard to get this straight and our intention is to reschedule North American dates for early 2023. Refunds are available at point of sale.

“Finally, we want MAYBE and MIDNIGHT a tour that kills no matter what.”

EXPECT will release their new studio album, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Watain”April 29 via Nuclear explosion.

We regret to inform you that, for reasons entirely beyond our control, we are forced to cancel our participation…

Posted by WATAIN on Friday March 4th, 2022

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