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!