While the rest of the US was celebrating this July 4th weekend, some not so good news came out that the Danish prog outfit Anubis Gate had to cancel their appearance at this year’s Prog Power USA, in Atlanta, Georgia. The reason behind the cancellation surround guitar/keyboard played Kim Olsen, and that he had been recently diagnosed with “a deep depression and panic anxiety (meaning that I suffer from heavy panic attacks).” It’s a highly unfortunate situation, as I was excited to see them (see: Why), but if it’s for the best that Kim stay and continue on the path to recovery, than one can hardly blame them for their decision.
On a slightly more positive note, Bostan, MA band Native Construct was quick to fill the spot with a band of equal prog-y goodness. Just like another prog band we all know and love, Native Construct was a product of Berklee College. Part Frank Zappa, Queen, and Mr. Bungle, with a dash of Dream Theater, they are more than fitting to fill a slot on Prog Power USA (it would have happened sooner or later).
Guitarist/keyboardist Kim Olsen’s full statement:
Dear Anubis Mates,
I have recently been diagnosed with a deep depression and panic anxiety (meaning that I suffer from heavy panic attacks). It is with the greatest of regrets that I have had to realize that I am simply not well enough to go through the logistics of playing so far away from home. I was looking enormously forward to playing in front of you all, indeed it would have been a highlight of my career as a musician. And, of course, I was also looking forward to meeting so many people I know from social medias, it would have been a hangout that I would cherish for the rest of my life. But the reality is that even though I am in treatment and the depression side of things has seen progress, the panic anxiety is taking much longer to subside than I had anticipated and hoped for. My doctor and therapist’s verdict is clear; the risk I would be taking is that my condition could become a chronic condition.
I am glad that my fantastic bandmembers Henrik, Michael and Morten have been supportive through what is a very hard time for me, as has my family, friends and all other relations as well. I understand how disappointed everyone will be with this (not least myself) but I also take comfort in the fact that Anubis Gate fans are the best fans and supporters any band could wish for.