Due to injuries sustained by vocalist Dani Filth of British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH at the Léz’Arts Scéniques festival in Sélestat, France, the group has been forced to cancel its appearance at this year’s edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6, 2011 in Wacken, Germany. The bandmembers apologize and want to let all their fans know that they were looking forward to the show and they tried all they could to make the concert happen and are very disappointed to not be able to make it.
According to the Wacken organizers, CRADLE OF FILTH make up for this year’s absence by performing at the 2012 edition of the festival.
Replacing CRADLE OF FILTH at this year’s Wacken Open Air is TRIPTYKON — the group formed by former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Warrior — who will perform on the “Black Stage” on Friday, August 4 at 11:15 p.m.
MADBALL bassist Hoya Roc uploaded a photo (see below) to the Lockerz.com social networking site which purportedly shows CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth being forcibly restrained to the floor, allegedly by a security guard, at the July 14 Léz’Arts Scéniques festival in Sélestat, France where both bands performed. Roc’s caption accompanying the picture read as follows: “When metal fantasy goes wrong !! Haha cradle of filth singer gettin yoked up by security”
In an official statement posted on the Léz’Arts Scéniques web site, festival organizers explained that they were forced to call upon security and the local police to restrain the “aggressive and unmanageable” Filth, who had become “dangerous to himself and others” at the event.