THE CROWN guitarist Marko Tervonen has issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of the group's gigs in Slovenia:
"Let me first start by telling you that the 2 Italian shows we did was fucking excellent. Very cool. A big Grazie to the bands and fans we met. But the Slovenian experience was a big fucking mess. Here's the story:
"We came to the border and were denied getting into the country. The reason was that we didn't have documents from the Swedish and Italian government saying that we were the owners of our equipment. Let me tell you one thing, we have played in 17 countries (EU and non EU countries) and NEVER had a problem like this before. So we decided to go to a second border. And we were denied again to enter the country. And this time NOT 'cause of the equipment but simply 'cause they didn't want us to get in. SO... we decided to try a THIRD border. And surprise surprise, they let us in with no problems, they didn't even want any documents. But then they decided to not let in the opening acts, and all the backline (drums, amplifiers etc.) were in their bus. So we waited 4-5 hours on the border hoping that they would let them in. We asked our tour manager to contact the Slovenian promoter and beg him to provide some drums and amps for us. At this point we were prepared to do a show with one cymbal only if necessary. But the reply was that the promoter couldn't get us any kind of instruments. We were REALLY looking forward to do these two sold-out shows. We even planned to record them on video. The bottom line is, we had to go back to Italy and cancel these two shows. Very fucking frustrating, but what could we do? The border acted like they could do whatever they wanted to.
And the fucked up thing is that we heard that people had traveled from Croatia and Austria to see us perform. Trust me, we are as sorry as you that we couldn't play.
This cancellation was TOTALLY beyond our control!!!"