Rock Band The Chet Offensive Reluctantly Pulls out of Michigan's North by Northport Music Festival

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The Chet Offensive can't break contract with Euro promoter to attend first North by Northport festival in Northport, Michigan.

Citing a "conflict with a European promoter", rock band The Chet Offensive has reluctantly pulled out of the inaugural North by Northport festival in Northport, Michigan this July.

"We book 18 months out and those dates were filled," said band spokesman Adam Guthrie. "We tried to break dates in Copenhagen and Bruges so we could fly in for the festival, but our European promoter blocked us. It's terribly disappointing."

An electric, impromptu set from TCO at the Garage Bar in Northport last July 4th was the seed for festival organizers to kick off North by Northport, the largest free rock festival in northwest lower Michigan.

"It’s such a shame. Chet is the true Godfather of this event," Guthrie said. "Copenhagen is just another show, but Northport is near and dear. The people are just real."

North by Northport takes place in the resort hamlet July 4-7 and features headliners Japanther, Hex Net, and The Stationary Set along with numerous other acts.

The reclusive Chet could not be reached for comment, but he is reportedly not taking it well. He is said to be considering "a long, long break" from touring after the current "No, THAT’S Offensive” tour concludes with a three-night gig in Prague in September.

Typically after a long tour Chet retreats to his mountain home in Iceland, where he recharges with solitude and geo-thermal spa treatments. “I like Iceland,” Chet told TMZ in a rare 2007 interview. “The air is cold, and the ground is warm.”

The band's future remains cloudy with other band members philosophical about advancing age, family obligations, and life on the road. After a recent three-hour set in Istantbul, drummer Brian Logsdon told Bang It magazine, “I’ve hit the drums millions of times. I have nothing against drums. I think I’ll just go out to my garage.”

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