Warner Bros., Mike Watt Discuss Porno Tour Cancellation

Jan. 10 [18:00 EST] -- On Friday, Warner Bros. Records and Porno For Pyros bassist Mike Watt both issued explanations for the sudden cancellation of the band's U.S. tour.

The Warner Bros. statement announced that Porno For Pyros have canceled the tour to continue work on their new album.

"The band has recently been working on new material for a forthcoming album and has decided to forgo touring and concentrate on this new work," the release read.

A Warner Bros. spokesperson told MTV that the cancellation was in no way connected to guitarist Peter DiStefano's battle with cancer, adding that his cancer is now in remission and he is doing quite well.

However, a posting from Porno bassist Mike Watt on his personal web page says that the band called off the tour because "the band has fired their management and is reorganizing. This just came down five days before blast off!" On a more upbeat note,

Watt writes, "In the long run, I know it's for the best and indirectly, it's a blessing."

Whatever the reason, the announcement comes at a surprising time. The news came less than a week before the band was to launch its U.S. tour in Miami, and one day after a scheduled benefit show at Los Angeles' Whisky was called off at the last minute. The statement also brought an end to reports that current Red Hot Chili Pepper and former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro (and his bandmate Flea) would join Porno (and ex-Jane's members Perry Farrell and Steve Perkins) on stage, making for a partial Jane's reunion.

"Early in the planning stages of their tour, Porno For Pyros talked with Navarro and Flea about the possibility of joining them in their tour of Japan and Australia, although nothing was ever confirmed," the Warner Bros. statement said. "With regards to a U.S. tour, only one date that was scheduled for the Whisky in Los Angeles on January 9th would have included the

two guest musicians. Unfortunately, rumors quickly circulated about a reunion that was never intended."

However, prior to the cancellation, Porno For Pyro's management had gone on record as saying that Navarro and Flea would indeed join Porno on the road for a few select dates.

The Warner Bros. press release noted that Porno For Pyros will team up with Navarro and Flea for the filming of the video for "Hard Charger," the song that they contributed to the soundtrack to Howard Stern's upcoming "Private Parts" film. The single, video, and soundtrack will be released in February.

Porno For Pyros expect to have their new album completed by the end of the year.