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Gods And Queens’ farewell show (scheduled for tonight at Kung Fu Necktie) has been CANCELED

Oof, that is rough. From the band’s Facebook page:

Tonight show at Kungfu Neck Tie has been canceled. No joke! The most absolute, perfectly fitting way for this band to end.

That’s that. Thank you very much for helping us see the entire world the past 3 1/2 years.
Jamie/Ben/asserted drummers.

As the band members mentioned earlier this month, they’ve definitely had a tough run, including an “inability to keep a drummer, write new songs, and the constant string of bad luck.” (Not to mention the serious van wreck that happened last November while the band was touring throughout Eastern Europe—which left the vehicle totaled, the remainder of their tour canceled, and drummer Jeff Ziga’s collarbone broken in three places.) Here’s to hoping that their future musical projects have better luck than Gods And Queens did.

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Gods And Queens to break up, play last show at Kung Fu Necktie on March 27th

From the band:

We’ve decided to stop playing as Gods And Queens.  Our last show will be March 27th at Kungfu Neck Tie here in Philadlephia, PA with Grant Hart of Husker Du.  Knowing that we’ve been covering Husker Du songs for some time, we are excited by this chance to play with a real live Husker Du member.

Ben and I (also Robin, JR, Mook, Tank, Jeff) have had a great run of being in a band together, but our inability to keep a drummer, write new songs, and the constant string of bad luck that has loomed over this band has taken it’s toll on me. We’re not going to lie, the accident really put a damper on spirits within this band.  I still love the aspect of getting to travel all over the world but I simply don’t have fun with this band anymore.  We think it’s cursed, and has a constant black cloud hanging over it’s head.

Gods And Queens performs with Grant Hart (of Husker Du) and Howling Fantods at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27th, at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

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Philly punk rockers Gods and Queens survive van accident in eastern Europe

In the midst of their fourth European tour, Philadelphia punk trio Gods and Queens were involved in a van accident yesterday along a highway in the Czech Republic, according to the band’s Facebook page. The members and their companions survived the crash with moderate injuries – drummer Jeff Ziga fared the worst, with his collarbone broken in three places – but the vehicle was totaled, the remainder of their tour was canceled and the band has issued a plea to fans to help them cover their bills, either through PayPal or by purchasing their music online.

In a detailed post on Facebook, singer / guitarist Jamie Getz gave this account:

I was asleep in the back of the van, so I’m unsure of what exactly happened. All I know is I felt the van skidding out and we started to slide and roll over. Not sure exactly how many times the van flipped but it was more than enough. I started screaming for everyone to tell me they were OK. Gertjan check, Ben check, Sara check, and I didnt hear Jeff.

Ben pulled me out through the windshield and I took off running, screaming for help with blood pouring down my face. I honestly though Jeff was dead. A car stopped and a slew of women started screaming at me and I was screaming at them. We were in the middle of no where and as I was running two things came to mind, I think Jeff is dead, and I hope I don´t get shot like Artimus Pyle. A woman pulled me into her house and her husband and son ran to the van crash site. I found Gertjan, and he said everyone is OK. The family started talking to me via Google Translation telling me everyone is safe and that an amublance is on the way.

Up until the accident, the tour had been a rousing success. Last weekend, Gods and Queens excitedly tweeted “Can I point out that our band, our stupid punk band just played a show in Bosnia. BOSNIA. This has been the best thing we have ever done.” On Facebook, Getz wrote that booking and touring independently made the group realize “that we are 100% on our own.”

So here it is, we are 3 grown adult males in our 30´s who play in a punk band. We are all stage hands at R5 Productions in Philly. That´s what we do to enable us to be here in Europe doing this. Never in our lives have we needed help like we do now.

Read the full story at Facebook and pick up the band’s two EPs and its debut full-length at Bandcamp.