After reportedly disappearing two weeks, Killing Joke singer Jaz Coleman has apparently turned up in Africa, according to MSN. The frontman was reported missing by his bandmates towards the end of July, forcing the group to issue a public appeal for help in locating Coleman. Fortunately for fans of the band, the singer is alive and well, though why he’s hanging out in the wilds of the Western Sahara is anybody’s guess at this point.
Coleman let his whereabouts be known on Sunday, a revelation which was accompanied by a post on his official Facebook page. “Jaz Coleman, alive and kicking in the Western Sahara,” the message read. “To the relief of family and friends, Killing Joke Frontman Jaz Coleman appeared … from his retreat in the Western Sahara bemused by all the fuss of his disappearance.” The post also claimed the frontman “had apparently been living a nomadic existence.”
The Killing Joke singer’s disappearance followed a peculiar message he allegedly posted regarding the band’s upcoming tour. Spinner reports that, in the statement, Coleman criticized potential tour mates The Cult and The Mission, though he claims the comments were made by an impersonator.
“Yet mystery still surrounds the message on Facebook regarding The Cult and The Mission Shows of which Coleman claims no knowledge,” the recent Facebook post explained. “Looks like this has caused a right ding dong and feel its impossible to continue this tour under the circumstances. His comments were to wish both The Cult and The Mission the best of luck on the tour, and to find out who has been impersonating him.”
The whole situation is beyond strange, and has ultimately forced Killing Joke to cancel a few London shows as a result. Regardless of Coleman’s oddball behavior, his band is sticking by his side, stating that the singer had no knowledge of the controversial Facebook post.
Killing Joke formed in Notting Hill, London, England way back in the year that was 1978. According to Wikipedia, the band is considered one of the pioneers of industrial music, influencing everyone from Ministry to Nine Inch Nails. The group released MMXII, their fifteenth studio album, on April 2.