Steve Ignorant/Crass Tour Bumped

American dates have been rescheduled for April and May.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Ah, the US immigration authorities strike
again. It’s become a familiar ritual for overseas bands: book an American tour,
then at the 11th hour learn that your entry visas have not yet been
approved, forcing you to reschedule the tour or cancel it altogether. That’s
what just happened to Steve Ignorant, late of Crass, who was all set to bring
his “Last Supper Tour” to these shores and give North American Crass fans a
chance to hear classic Crass tunes performed in concert one last time before
Ignorant & Co. put the brand to rest for good.

 

As Ignorant explains in the new issue
of BLURT (due on newsstands next week), “It all really started with the Feeding of 5000 shows in 2007 (playing
songs from the band’s debut). I got a lot of phone calls from people wanting me
to repeat that show across the world. I had to explain to them that the whole
idea of the Feeding 5000 was just a
one-off show, never to be repeated and I couldn’t go back on that. As time went
on it became apparent that a lot of people couldn’t get to those shows and were
desperate to see them live… When I do the last show (from the Last Super Tour)
in England,
I will never every perform these songs live again. That’s a promise I have made
to not only people, but myself.”

 

But as of March 7, the band had not
been issued US entry visas, despite months of preparation and despite having
delivered all of their documents to their visa agent well in advance of usual
guidelines. With only three days to go to the first show and no hope left of
getting the visas in time, the only decision that could be made was to let the
fans know and move the shows.

New tour dates are listed below.

 

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Here is the official statement posted by
Steve Ignorant on his blog:

 

“I’m really really gutted to have to let you all know
that we have to reschedule our USA
and Canadian gigs. There’s a delay with the issue of the visas we require to
enter the USA.
We hope it will all be sorted soon but we will NOT be able to make the
scheduled gigs.

 

I would ask everyone to please hold
onto your tickets and give us about a week to announce new dates. We will
reschedule as soon as possible and tickets will be valid for the rescheduled
dates, however, if you think ‘fuck it, I want my money back’, then do that and
I will completely understand.

I know that loads of you have been planning to travel for these gigs and that
rescheduling them will be a right kick in the bollocks for you. I’m really,
really genuinely very sorry about this. Please understand that this situation
is costing me and the band a load of emotional upset, it’s not the money, it’s
the letting you lot down, the bands that we were going to play with, all the
people that have worked so fucking hard to put this thing together and if we
could have done anything to avoid it we would have. Honestly, with all my
heart, there was nothing else we could do. PLEASE, if you could let other
gig-goers know that it’s off for now through your emails and face books or
whatever means you can please do so. I know these are only typed words and
words aint enough but it’s all I can do. To say I feel a right xxxt would be an
understatement. This is the worse thing I’ve ever had to do. We really
appreciate your support and we will do these gigs one way or another. Here are
the rescheduled dates that will be confirmed as soon as our visas are
confirmed. Until the powers that be grant us entry there’s nothing more I can
do at the moment. Again, I’m really so sorry about all this.

Everything is tbc pending visas but we are hoping they will get issued this
week.

All tickets will be good for the rescheduled shows.” – STEVE
IGNORANT

 

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New tour dates:

 

April 20 Brooklyn, NY
@ Europa

April 21 Montreal,
QC @ Club Soda – SOLD OUT
April 22 Toronto,
ON @ Opera House

April 23 Chicago, IL
@ Bottom Lounge – matinee show

April 26 Seattle,
WA @ Neumo’s
April 27 San Francisco,
CA @ Slim’s

April 29 Pomona,
CA @ Fox Theater
April 30 Pomona,
CA @ Glasshouse
May 3 Austin, TX @ Emo’s

May 6 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

May 7 Baltimore,
MD @ Sonar
May 8 New York, NY @ Santo’s – SOLD OUT

 

 

 

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