I've spent the past three hours trying to independently confirm that Rock Gone Wild, the new multi-day festival in Iowa, is canceled. Rumors started flying that the festival was off days ago and then Stevie Rachelle, owner of Metal Sludge posted this on his website:
Save your money, cancel your plans, do NOT fuck yourself. I got friends who are getting fucked by this, and i am NOT happy about it.
This event is about as likely to take place as a full solar eclipse over IOWA at noon tomorrow while Slipknot plays a set of all covers by KIK TRACEE.
Don't ask me how, but I know.
It's sad that the people who are behind this have left everybody hanging as long as they did. I have been hearing inside rumblings that shit was gonna hit the fan for a while now. So I confronted the "powers that be" and was told repeatedly all was okay.
I have fans, friends and family who were making ALL kinds of arrangements and are out money.
As of 11:30pm last night I was being told "hold on another 2 days"
Fuck that. I put the word out ASAP. Sent my post to every major outlet on the web. Bands, fans, friends, etc.. are e-mailing me, calling and texting asking if this is just a "rumor". No it's not.
Anyone who still believes this event is still gonna play is a moron.
Blabbermouth posted a similar story earlier today. Most significant, however, is the post left on the Fevertalk.net forum by the festival promoter herself. In it, Nathalie Faghihi writes:
"Rock Gone Wild was notified on August 5, 2009, by email from legal counsel representing Diamond Jo Casino, that... 'The event cannot take place anywhere on the licensed premises.'"
Bring Back Glam! has left two voice mails with the Diamond Jo Casino regarding the festival. Two different switchboard operators have never heard of the festival. I await official word one way or another regarding the fate of this festival.
Remember, Rock Gone Wild moved locations just weeks ago for unspecified reasons. For months, the festival was billed as taking place in Algona, Iowa. Diamond Jo Casino is located in Northwood, Iowa.