Three members quit Santa Cruz leaving frontman Archie Cruz forced to cancel US tour
Finnish rockers Santa Cruz were in the midst of their latest tour of the United States of America supporting Fozzy for many dates when suddenly earlier today, the group announced that it was cancelling the rest of its tour.
Santa Cruz frontman Archie Cruz has shed some light on the situation as the rest of the band — guitarist Johnny Parkkonen, bassist Middy Toivonen and drummer Tan Fagerstorm — apparently kicked their lead vocalist off the tour bus and advised him that they were no longer part of the band. Parkkonen and Toivonen on the other hand have advised that they cannot, along with Fagerstorm, continue in Santa Cruz any longer for reasons that have yet to be disclosed.
The following message was posted on Santa Cruz‘s Facebook page earlier today:
“Santa Cruz fans, we regret to inform you that we had to cancel our remaining shows on the U.S. Tour. If you purchased tickets for our headline shows (March 20th, 22nd, 23rd or 24th), please contact the appropriate venue for information on refunds.”
In addition, Archie Cruz posted the following message on his Instagram account today:
“archiecruzzTo all ya’ll wondering why the rest of the US gigs got cancelled, the guys kicked me out of the bus on the street like a pariah and told me they’re in Santa Cruz no more. I would’ve loved to do ’em, but what can you do. And as far as I know, I am alive & well atm, so all good. Love to all ya’ll ❤”
Parkkonen had the following to state on his Instagram account today:
“johnnycruzifiedI’m very sorry to inform that I’m leaving Santa Cruz and so are Middy and Taz. We faced issues that we cannot solve even thou we tried everything that we could to make this tour and band happen. I can’t stay in a situation anymore where I have to be scared if somebody does irreversible harm to themselves or somebody else. That’s why I’m leaving. I never thought I’d be in this situation, but I have no more options to use. I’m sorry. Peace and Love ❤ –Johnny“
Toivonen advised as follows on his Instagram account today:
“middycruzI am sorry to inform but from this day on it is impossible for me to continue as a member of Santa Cruz. I wanna thank everyone who has been there for me during But most of all I wanna thank all the fans and great people along the way. Life goes on. –Middy“