British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth was today forced to cancel its 2013 North American tour due to visa issues, which denied the band entry into the United States. The tour, entitled "28 Days Closer to Hell", was due to take in 23 dates in the US and Canada, beginning February 22, culminating in the finale on March 26. Support was due to come via way of The Faceless, Decapitated and The Agonist.
Posting on their official Facebook page, the band stated: "Cradle of Filth are really sorry to tell all of their fans that their U.S. tour "28 Days Closer to Hell" is going to have to be cancelled, due to US immigration issues beyond the band’s control. They have been desperately trying to solve these problems, but it has become evident they are not going to be resolved in time for the band to embark on a tour that starts next week. The band sincerely apologies to all their fans and to the other acts on the tour and want to assure people they have made every effort possible to go ahead with the tour."
Former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Di'Anno, also faced a similar problem in March of 2012 when his US tour was also canceled because of paperwork problems.
Cradle of Filth will play dates in South America, Asia and Europe between April and June of 2013 in support of their 10th studio album, "The Manticore and Other Horrors", which was released in October, 2012.