14 March 2008

Banco forced to bow out of Baja Prog

Due to health concerns (Vittorio Nocenzi is currently dealing with hypertensive heart disease), Italian prog heavyweights Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso have been forced to bow out from their performance at Baja Prog 2008.

It's incredibly unfortunate, of course, and I only hope that Nocenzi can rest, recuperate, and be back on his feet for the two later dates in North America this year (NEARfest and FMPM). From a personal standpoint, I find it somewhat unfortunate that Baja Prog has decided to post Nocenzi's doctor's note to their website...it smacks of a bit of bitterness that I find unpalatable. I don't pretend to know anything about any past history of bad blood between the festival and the band (I don't know everything :-) ), but I believe the whole situation could habe been handles with a bit more tact and class.

In any event, we obviously wish Nocenzi nothing but the best in health for the future!

1 comment:

Cycy said...

I hope his wellness too, but as far as i know this is the third time Banco cancel their performance at this festival and the festival have to pay first class tickets, hotels and pay the band, and this is an inconvenience for the organizations too, its a lot of lost money. Banco have to check with their doctors before they make a compromise.