So, today I got a mail that the Modest Mouse tour in the UK and Europe has been canceled. First, I was worried because I thought that someone in the band got sick or had some emergency in the family, boy, I heard and read that a lot in previous years and I understand and feel with the bands and musicians all the way.
But then, they wrote that they decided to cancel the tour because they want to work on their album.
The comment section of their Facebook-post is quite interesting. Many American fans are super-happy that there will be another album, one or two even wrote that it sucks to be European and that it’s cool to be American because Modest Mouse will probably tour the US first as soon as the new album is out. I am glad that I know enough kindhearted and awesome Americans to not go all hog-wild on those few idiots but I sure hope that, if they attend that MM-show, an entire basketball-team will stand in front of them and sing along very very loudly.
Most European fans are angry. And many not so angry fans tell those angry fans that they shouldn’t be angry because Modest Mouse don’t owe us anything. Well…they don’t, really. But here’s food for thought: I don’t owe them my unlimited understanding either and if I was really looking forward to this, paid money to see their show (and in some people’s cases paid non-refundable festival tickets, hotels, train- and plane-rides and more) and was very glad that the show wasn’t sold out which might not be the case when they tour next year…then I don’t owe them a happy face lingering with suppressed emotions and a potential ulcer in the making. I have enough ulcers in the making, there’s no need for one shaped like Isaac Brock’s face, even though that would be pretty cool in the X-Rays.
I get it, the artistic spirit is free and you can’t tame the muse once it got to second base. I am happy that there will be new music, I love Modest Mouse to bits, I might not be a die-hard fan (more a “Die Hard”-Movie-fan, haha) but they are one of my favourite bands and I can’t get enough of their wonderful stuff (little “Simpsons”-wordplay, here).
But it is – in my humble opinion – a huge dick-move to cancel any tour a week before it starts instead of thinking it over or at least postponing it. It lacks a little class and respect towards the fans and I was angry and I still am a little upset because that’s how emotions work, you can’t logic your way through a fit of rage, heartache and disappointment. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be happy to hear new material, nor does it mean that I won’t buy a ticket for the upcoming tour (if I get one!!!), so please, peace-loving Modest Mouse-fans that want to tell me how to feel: Don’t. Just. Don’t.
Edit: Just rub it in, Spotify