The Exploited have cancelled their Australian and New Zealand tour just days before they were due to play The Corner Hotel in Melbourne, citing a serious family situation back home in Ireland with bass player Rob.

“I’m really sorry to have to say this but I’m afraid we’ll have to cancel,” read a statement by frontman Wattie. “Apart from feeling sorry for Rob, we’re all totally gutted as we were really looking forward to this, but it is out of our control.”

“I don’t really know what else to say except for I’m sorry to have to be saying this in every aspect. We’d just like to apologise to the promoter and everyone involved in these gigs and especially all of the people who were coming to see us.”

“There’s no one more disappointed than us!!! So hopefully in the future we can get a chance to come back and play to the people of Australia and New Zealand.”

Local promoter Soundworks Touring are advising all ticket holders to seek a refund from their point of purchase as the tickets will not be valid for any rescheduled shows.

Soundworks and management for The Exploited are currently in discussions to reschedule the tour for the second half of this year. Announcements of the new dates will happen as soon as the information is at hand.

But fans in Melbourne should still keep this Saturday free, as The Corner Hotel have decided there is only one way to get over the shock cancellation, by holding a punk party!

For $10 fans will be treated to the likes of Glenn & The Peanut Buttermen with support from blistering newcomers Wolfpack, Perth rockers Chainsaw Hookers, Australia’s best street-punk band The Worst and the excellent Oi! influenced Last Call.

Doors open 8:30pm, Only $10 Entry, Saturday 28th April at The Corner Hotel, Richmond.