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9th June 2014

red dragon cartel

Just after MetalTalk reported late last night that Red Dragon Cartel's Wolverhampton gig had been cancelled, the band made a barbed official statement denying the reasons for the cancellation made by the promoter without actually addressing the main issue.

Metal Music Bookings put out a statement on Sunday evening saying that "the Jake E Lee Red Dragon Cartel show in Wolverhampton was cancelled tonight because of the actions of Jake E Lee and his entourage and due to a serious visa irregularity with his tour party. A solution was offered to Jake which would have allowed the show to go ahead, but he refused.

"Jake E Lee's American girlfriend is in the UK on a tourist visa but has been working in London and Nottingham shows, helping to sell merchandise and stating that she has taken over management of the band from the previous management company. Neither of these is permitted on a tourist visa.

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"The show could not go ahead under these circumstances as it is a criminal offence for a US citizen to work in the UK without the correct visa. Allowing the shows to go ahead with her working would have put the Metal Music Bookings and the promoters in contravention of UK law. When she was asked to leave the premises she and Jake E Lee refused.

The band responded early on Monday morning with the following:

"Regrettably the Jake E Lee Red Dragon Cartel show in Wolverhampton was cancelled last night due to the sole actions of one individual: Denise Dale.

Firstly, any or all claims faulting Jake E Lee, The Red Dragon Cartel and/or it's crew for the cancellation of the Wolverhampton show is categorically false and untrue. Secondly, Jake E Lee and the band, looking forward to playing the show, had loaded in gear, and prepared for soundcheck when Denise Dale arrived at the venue.

"She harassed The Red Dragon Cartel's tour manager and guitar tech, demanding they leave and threatened arrest based on groundless empty claims.

"The aforementioned former booking agent for the Red Dragon Cartel, had taken philosophical differences between herself and a close personal friend of Jake's, which resulted in a series of unprofessional, childish actions by Mrs Dale.

"Mrs Dale was given multiple opportunities and solutions to defuse the situation. She refused and chose to escalate matters.

"This is the ONLY reason this show did not happen. She, along with the consent of the club management, cancelled the show for no other reason other than a petty personal dispute. PERIOD. We again apologize to the all our fans, especially the ones who took time from work and drove in from out of town. We also wish Mrs Dale good luck with her diminishing career as a booking agent.

"And to reconfirm her immature and juvenile actions, she will be posting and reposting her false statement all over and over again."



Metal Music Management and Bookings had further comment to add.

"Following our statement below regarding the Jake E Lee Red Dragon Cartel show cancellation at Wolverhampton, another Promoter has now cancelled the Buckley, The Tivoli Venue show on 13 June 2014, see

"It is not in our interest to cancel any shows for any of our Artists, the shows are cancelled by Promoters for reasons outlined."

MetalTalk can also confirm that Gilby Clarke's gig at the Buckley, Tivoli on June 15th is now also cancelled. It is not clear if this is related to the Red Dragon Cartel saga.

MetalTalk understands that the band's scheduled appearance at Download Festival is now in jeopardy over the visa irregularities. Shows in Glasgow and Newcastle had already been cancelled after it was announced that Jake E Lee had to return to America on important business affairs, although rumours do persist that this was due to poor ticket sales and the expensive price of tickets.

The band did play London and Nottingham on the 6th and 7th and you can see a clip from the London show right here where it is clear Jake E Lee has lost none of his trademark spark.

Red Dragon Cartel's eponymous album is out now on Frontiers Records.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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