LAMB OF GOD guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler have commented on the circumstances that have led the band to cancel its previously scheduled shows in New Zealand and Alaska.
LAMB OF GOD‘s publicists issued a statement on Monday (March 5) announcing that the group’s concerts in Auckland (March 7) and Anchorage (March 9) were being called off “due to a medical emergency involving a family member.”
In a post on his official Facebook page, Morton wrote, “The specific reason behind the show cancelations is a private matter. I can tell you, however, that things are looking up and every one involved is going to be fine. We do appreciate everyone’s concern and thank you genuinely for respecting the privacy of our personal lives.” He added, “[Canceling the shows] was not a flippant or careless decision on out part, and we apologize for the inconvenience it caused to the fans in Auckland and Anchorage.”
Adler also took to his Facebook account to explain the situation. “Hey guys, as you’ve heard, we were forced to cancel the last two shows of this last little jaunt we just did,” he wrote. “As unfortunate for the fans as this is, it was an absolute necessity as family will always come first. My sincere apologies to the fans and my assurances that we will be coming back to make up for the missed shows. Thank you all for your understanding.”
LAMB OF GOD‘s seventh album, “Resolution”, sold around 52,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Wrath”, opened with around 68,000 units back in March 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This figure was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by 2006’s “Sacrament”, which shifted around 63,000 units to debut at No. 8. It also represented almost double the amount of records sold by its predecessor, “Ashes Of The Wake”, which premiered with 35,000 copies in September 2004.
“Resolution” was released in the U.S. via Epic and internationally through Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at various studios in Virginia and New York with producer Josh Wilbur, who worked on the band’s last effort, 2009’s “Wrath”.
“Resolution” features 14 songs and comes in a digipack with artwork by longtime art director Ken Adams.