Da sich Gitarrist Kevin Bower einer dringenden Operation unterziehen muss, mussten auch die Briten HELL ihren Auftritt beim zwölften KEEP IT TRUE-Festival am 24./25. April 2009 canceln. Ein Ersatz ist bereits gebucht, kann aber erst am 30. März 2009 bekannt gegeben werden.
Das Statement der Band:
It is with great regret that HELL (UK) have been forced to cancel their appearance at KIT 12. Kev Bower, the band´s guitarist and synthesizer player, was today informed that he must have immediate abdominal
(stomach) surgery to treat a problem which will become very dangerous if not treated straight away, and his surgeon has warned him that an 8-10 week recovery period is the minimum required after this. Since Kev performs such a complex 2-part role within the band, finding a replacement is impossible given the close proximity of the show. HELL´s first European appearance had generated great interest amongst metal fans – to the extent that some die-hards were actually travelling from the USA to see the show. This decision has been extremely sad, and HELL would like to offer their sincere apologies to all who were looking forward to seeing them. Our great thanks go to Oliver and all involved with KIT for inviting us – HELL very much hopes to see everyone at another KIT, another time.
Somit lautet das Billing:
ARMORED SAINT, LIZZY BORDEN, NWOBHM 30th. Anniversary Show (UK), ABATTOIR (USA – exklusive Show mit Steve Gaines, Mark Caro, Mel Sanchez, Juan Garcia, Rob Analeze), TYRANT (USA – Original-Line Up), EXXPLORER, LIVING DEATH, EXUMER (GER – mit beiden Sängern), PICTURE (NL), RIGOR MORTIS, RUTHLESS (USA), SORTILEGE, MILITIA(USA – Origina-Line Up), ATLANTEAN KODEX (GER), ASKA (USA), PROCESSION, IN SOLITUDE (SWE), THE GATES OF SLUMBER (USA) & DEJA VU (GER).