October 17, 2013 16:56

Delorean postpone US tour following 'virtual kidnapping' ordeal in Mexico

Band have said 'the threat of death was real' when they were taken hostage earlier this month

Delorean postpone US tour following 'virtual kidnapping' ordeal in Mexico

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Delorean have postponed their US tour following their kidnapping ordeal in Mexico City earlier this month (October).

Dates due to take place this month and next (November) have been rescheduled for early 2014. The band will now kick off a 20-date US run in Brooklyn, New York on January 24.

The Spanish alt-dance outfit were taken hostage by kidnappers posing as local police after performing at a Mexican festival on October 7. The band are now safe and have issued a statement about their ordeal.

The band's statement reads: "On Monday morning October 7th we received a phone call at our hotel room in Mexico City from a person posing as a hotel security officer. We were informed that there was a security threat at the hotel. What followed for the next 30 hours was an experience where the threat of death was real due to the psychological manipulation inflicted on us by our kidnappers. Thanks to the fantastic work of the National Police in Spain, Ertzantza , Interpol and the Federal Police in Mexico, we were successfully rescued yesterday morning."

The statement continues: "While it would be convenient to blame Mexico, that would not be sound. This could have occurred anywhere in the world. Our hope is that this situation will bring attention to the abuse that we were subjected to by our kidnappers, so that other travelers do not fall victim in the future. This has been extremely difficult for us and our families. At this time we have no further comment and we ask that you respect our privacy so that we can return to normality in our lives."

Delorean released their fourth album 'Apar' earlier this year and last played in the UK when they took to the stage at London's Cargo venue on September 11.

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