Viktor Mattsson, the general manager of Kirunafestivalen, which is scheduled to take place June 27-30 in Kiruna, Sweden, has released the following statement from W.A.S.P. regarding the cancelation of the band's summer 2013 European festival dates:
"[W.A.S.P. mainman] Blackie Lawless was injured in a vehicle-related accident that resulted in him breaking a leg. Complete recovery is expected following surgery.
"W.A.S.P. apologizes with all sincerity and say to all of our fans that we will be back next year bigger and better than ever. Blackie would also like to thank in advance all of those who wish to make inquiries about his well-being."