Heavy metal band Machine Head has been forced to cancel its upcoming tour due to visa issues.
Despite being an American heavy metal band, half the band and its crew members are based outside of the United States. The result is that not everyone will be available for the upcoming tour.
“Due to reasons entirely beyond our control, we’re forced to cancel our upcoming Electric Happy Hour (Live) tour due to work visa issues,” the announcement reads.
“As you may know, half the band as well as a handful of key crew members, reside outside the US. While the work visa process can often be quite lengthy, costly and complicated, in the past we were able to quickly apply and be granted the needed documents.”
“The same process we’ve been using forever and most recently with both the pre-COVID ‘Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour’ and last year’s sold-out Electric Happy Hour Tour dates, this was the last thing on our collective minds.”
“The post-COVID touring world has complicated this process tenfold and unfortunately, we are feeling the effects of it,” the band continues. Machine Head says preparations for the tour were already underway with tends of thousands of dollars spent that they may not be able to recoup now.
“To be clear, we are not postponing the tour. Postponing would mean that you hold on to your tickets until we can reschedule. We know how hard it’s been financially these last few years, so we are choosing to cancel the tour. Canceling allows you to get full refunds for both tickets and VIP packages at the point of purchase.”
With those tour dates cancelled, the only appearances left are festival appearances happening throughout 2023. They include Milwaukee Metal Fest in May, Graspop Festival in Belgium on June 16, KIWR Rock Fest at Council Bluffs, Iowa on August 4 and Blue Ridge Rock Fest in Alton, Virginia on September 7.