According to a news item on the official Graspop Metal Meeting website made earlier today, W.A.S.P. and Overkill have dropped off of the festival’s roster. Blackie Lawless, W.A.S.P.’s frontman, was involved in a car crash and suffered a broken leg, causing the band to withdraw. Here’s the band’s official statement:
Blackie Lawless was injured in a vehicle related accident that resulted in him breaking a leg. Complete recovery is expected following surgery. W.A.S.P. apologizes with all sincerity and say to all of our fans that we will be back next year bigger and better than ever. Blackie would also like to thank in advance all of those who wish to make inquiries about his well-being.
Iced Earth will be taking the place of W.A.S.P. on the roster. Overkill’s reasons for dropping out are not yet known, but they will be replaced by young Belgian up-and-comers Steak Number Eight.
Graspop Metal Meeting is a festival that takes place every year in Dessel, Belgium. The festival runs from June 28 to June 30, 2013. Tickets are still available on the Graspop official website.