Red Dragon Cartel's tour manager, John Brown, called the MetalTalk offices this morning and has informed us that the gig the band were due to play this week at Buckley has been salvaged and will definitely go ahead as planned.
The band, showcasing the talents of former Ozzy guitarist Jake E Lee, have also added a bonus show in Manchester at Satans Hollow, Princes Street, Manchester tomorrow night, Thursday 12th June and will play Buckley on Friday night, 13th June.
Tickets for both shows will be at the special price of £10 as a gesture to fans who were inconvenienced by last weekend's events which we will elaborate on below.
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The band's scheduled appearance on the main stage at Download Festival on Sunday 15th June will also go ahead as planned.
Jake E Lee told MetalTalk this morning: "It's been over 20 years since I've played in England. I've missed it. Enjoying being able to play for my fans. Please don't throw piss at me in Donington."
The band were at the centre of a firestorm last Sunday night when their Wolverhampton gig was cancelled. A statement was issued by the co-promoter, Denise Dale who was representing Metal Music Bookings and Management who had booked the band for the UK tour, stating that the gig was cancelled "due to a serious visa irregularity with his tour party".
This "irregularity" concerned Jake's girlfriend who was in the country on a tourist visa having paid her own way to be at the shows. We are reliably informed that in no way did she carry out any work whatsoever and was not there in any professional capacity, nor will she be for the remainder of her stay in the UK.
The dispute apparently arose due to a personal argument between Jake's girlfriend and Denise Dale at RDC's O2 Academy Islington, London performance which became heated and personal.
The band have re-organised the Manchester and Buckley concerts themselves and will make no money at all from them. This is pure goodwill to the fans who had been let down by any UK cancellations.
The band played 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
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