STREAM OF PASSION, the new band featuring AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen, has issued the following update:
"STREAM OF PASSION suffered a terrible blow on Friday afternoon [Feb. 2] when the band arrived at Calais, France to board the ferry to England. The Mexican band members were instantly separated from the group, and each other, and were interrogated by British and French Police for four grueling hours. All because the British immigration service was convinced they were intending to take up illegal residence in England.
"The immigration service asked Naomi, the band's tour manager, to provide them with evidence to the contrary, and listed the types of documents required. And though Noami jumped through every one of their newly found hoops, and repeatedly produced whatever documentation they demanded as proof, they could not be persuaded. Even with the help from the kind promoters of the concerts in England, various embassy officials, and immigrant agents in Britain (who told the tour manager there shouldn't have been any problem for them to enter the U.K. in the first place) there was no changing their minds. This eventually led to the 'deportation' of Marcela, Alejandro and Diana without any possibility for them to get to England to perform the shows.
"It appears the Mexicans have fallen unfortunate victims of, as one British immigration agent trying to help said: 'the new British political flavor of the year: We hate all immigrants.'
"STREAM OF PASSION returned home that same day, extremely disappointed and disillusioned with the proceedings. They wish to apologize to all the British fans and to those fans who travelled from various countries all over the world for being unable to make it to these last two shows. They deeply regret not being able to perform for you this last time, as they were also so much looking forward to meeting you all again.
"The concerts appear to be going ahead as planned with new bands performing; please see the Classic Rock Society website for more information."
STREAM OF PASSION's debut album, "Embrace the Storm", was released in Holland in October 2005 via Sony/BMG Benelux. The CD was issued in the rest of Europe and the U.S./Canada via InsideOut Music.
STREAM OF PASSION is:
Johan van Stratum - Bass guitar
Davy Mickers - Drums
Marcela Bovio - Vocals, Lyrics, Violin
Arjen Lucassen - Guitars, Music
Lori Linstruth - Lead Guitar
Alejandro Millán - Piano