Destruction’s Spaghetti Western Tour

German thrash rock act Destruction’s Mexican tour seems more like the plot of a spaghetti western, according to heavy metal mags Metal Insider and Metal Sucks.

From the band's Facebook: "Those little tables would have cracked in the first song and bones would have been crushed. We had this before!"

The act from Weil am Rhein was reportedly abandoned by its Mexican promoter, left stranded in Juarez and had equipment stolen by a gun-toting local promoter. At press time it wasn’t possible to get confirmation of Destruction’s adventures in Mexico as the act was still on the road in the U.S., although reports on its Facebook page indicate it had a torrid time south of the border.

“Yes the rumors are true, the promoter Kenneth Perez has left all local organizers and the band behind and ran away! He disappeared the day this tour started,” said the post dated May 4. The following day, things took a turn for the better as the local promoters rallied round to keep the show on the road.

However, the security and health and safety planning for the Queretaro show May 7 was so lax that the act decided to cancel it.

The name of the Queretaro promoter was removed from Destruction’s Facebook post as a bargaining ploy to get a guitar returned that the local promoter’s alleged to have stolen.

With the guitar returned and Mexican fans going wild for Destruction, one of Germany’s “Big Three” thrash acts along with Kreator and Sodom, the tour appears to have had a happy ending.

“We had amazing support from the fans on all Mexican shows and we all know that the horrible incidents don’t reflect the [whole Mexican] scene,” a final posting said.