Rob Zombie expresses sorrow over shortened show

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Rob Zombie has released a statement apologising for his shortened set at Wisconsin’s Rock Fest last weekend.

Fans reacted angrily across the web after Zombie stopped his show and walked off after just two songs saying: “There’s no way I can do this. I’m sorry. It’s fucking bullshit, I know, but that’s what happens. What can we do? It’s my fault.”

In a more complete explanation, Zombie said via his new statement: “I’m very sorry to everyone who was at Rock Fest. Believe it or not, this is the first time in 29 years I have not been able to finish a show.”

“I understand people are pissed – but what can you do? It’s easy to say, ‘Man up and just do it,’ but when no sound is coming out there’s nothing you can do. If you’ve ever lost your voice you know it doesn’t magically return just because you want it to.”

“If there was a way to do the show I’d have done it, as I have many times before. I’ve done shows where I walked to the side of the stage between songs to vomit, I was so sick.”

The musician is adamant that he’s not looking for sympathy, but rather: “”As far as everyone yelling, ‘I’ve been a fan for 20 years and now I fucking hate you, you pussy rock star!’ What can I say? Shitty stuff happens sometimes. I tried explaining before I left the stage, but I could barely croak out a word.”

“We’re trying to figure out a time and place to make it up to everybody,” he continued. “I don’t take the fans for granted and I don’t take this situation lightly. My goal is to never let the fans down – but on that night I did. Unfortunately, I had no choice.”

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Amnesty International apologises to Iggy Pop

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Amnesty International have issued a statement apologising to Iggy Pop for using his image without permission.

Skin Back Alley reported last week that Amnesty International’s new anti-torture campaign, created by their Belgium branch, featured an image of Iggy Pop battered and bruised, seemingly having been “tortured” into stating that “The future of rock n’ roll, it’s Justin Bieber.”

Amnesty’s accompanying message was “”Torture a man, and he will tell you anything.”

However, it has now emerged that the charity had not sought Pop’s permission to use his likeness, and Amnesty have issued a statement apologising to the singer.

“To generate awareness about our campaign against torture, Amnesty International Belgium French speaking section used an image of Iggy Pop without his authorization. Even though we acted in good faith, we would like to apologise to Iggy Pop for having done so. The overall goal of this campaign is to try to influence people’s ideas on the use of torture.”

The statement continued: “We would therefore also like to make it clear that the statement attributed to Iggy Pop that he believes Justin Bieber is the future of rock and roll does not represent Iggy Pop’s personal opinion but was part of the creative process for this campaign and was intended to be ironic.”

The campaign also featured a number of other well known faces in similarly bloodied and bruised states, including Karl Lagerfeld and the Dalai Lama. All images featuring the Dalai Lama have also been removed from the campaign.

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