Sunn O))) have pulled out of an Antipodean tour this October, due to a disagreement with the Australian promoter. A statement from Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson reads: "The Australian promoter Robert Macmanus/Heathen Skulls has shown complete inconsideration towards the basic requirements of our agreement together; in regards to pre-production, planning and structure of business at a professionally unreliable level. Sunn O))) and our agent have done all we can to make this agreement work, including giving three extensions on the proposed deadlines over the last four months. We arrive at the point of a third (final) missed deadline where the choice becomes related to dignity and self respect toward ourselves as artists."
A statement from Macmanus blamed high costs and lower than expected ticket sales for the cancellation, and reads: "Heathen Skulls tried everything with its power to save the tour, but in the end, financially it wasn’t going to work, and cancelling the whole tour was the only logical solution. Hopefully Sunn O))) can reschedule their Australian tour with a promoter that’s best suited to their needs."
Sunn O))) emphasised that they had no problems with the New Zealand promoter, and Japanese dates will go ahead as planned. Any tickets sold will be refunded, and the group will attempt to reschedule dates. More details on the Ideologic Organ site, and on the Heathen Skulls Facebook page.