"The new album and upcoming tour will not be affected"
Manowar has responded to guitarist Karl Logan’s arrest on child pornography charges.
The guitarist has played with the New York metal band since 1994. Manowar is currently in the middle of their farewell world tour, ‘The Final Battle’, playing fan favourites from their four decades in metal.
Manowar posted an official statement on Twitter, confirming that Logan will not be performing with the band.
The post read: “Regarding Karl Logan With regard to Karl Logan’s arrest and the charges against him: Due to the fact that Karl and his attorneys are dealing with these issues, he will not perform with MANOWAR. The new album and upcoming tour will not be affected. Magic Circle Entertainment”
Some fans blasted the statement for not clarifying whether Logan has left the band permanently or for publicly condemning child pornography.
Logan, 53, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 9 and charged with six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. A Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Office spokesperson told The Blast that a warrant was issued back in August.
The local law states that “a person commits the offence of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor if, knowing the character or content of the material, he possesses material that contains a visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity.”
Bail was set at $35,000 and Logan has since bonded out.
The band hold two official world records, one for the loudest ever performance and the other for the longest ever heavy metal concert for a five-hour-and-one-minute-long set they once performed in Bulgaria.