In a surprise turn of events that has shocked fans, British gothic punks Creeper announced onstage last night (November 1st 2018) during their headline show at London’s KOKO that they would be parting ways.
Towards the end of the band’s set, frontman Will Gould spoke to the crowd in almost complete darkness and said that this would be their final show before the band began playing ‘Misery’.
“Of all the shows we’ve played in the last four years, this one will remain with us the longest, because not only is it the last show of this album campaign, but it’s the last show we’ll ever do.”
.@creepercultuk's last show…?
This trip has taken a weird twist… pic.twitter.com/tsXAwQlW8P
— Heather McDaid (@heathermmcd) November 1, 2018
It has been noted that Gould‘s message of their departure is a very close replica and undoubtedly a reference to that of David Bowie‘s when he announced the death of his character Ziggy Stardust at his London Hammersmith Apollo gig on July 3rd 1973.
After the band finished the song, a montage of footage compiled from over the years played in the background via a projector as one sole stage light shone front and center, and one-by-one each member of Creeper laid down their jackets clad with their now iconic Callous Heart patch.
Once the montage footage ended, it read “Even eternity ends.”
— Josh // RIP CREEPER (@Fellj01) November 1, 2018
Since the climax of the show, the band’s website has also been updated, with the footer now reading “CREEPER CULT 2014-2018”.
At the time of writing, there’s been no further statement or clarification from the band or any of its members.
However, fans are speculating online that this may be some form of publicity stunt, similar to that of announcing their “disappearance” in the lead up to the release of their 2017 debut full-length, ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’.
If any band is gonna announce a split on stage but actually use it as cover to disappear for a while and come back at the start of a new album cycle, it's going to be Creeper
— Alex (@alex_carter93) November 1, 2018
me trying to figure out if creeper actually broke up or not pic.twitter.com/2lw2E1gFHc
— ?? ⚰️ (@emmazzzing) November 1, 2018
If this Creeper break up last night IS a publicity stunt or just them ending an era to start another, consider it them evolving like a Pokémon.
— ???? ?????? (@zachredrup) November 2, 2018
Creeper will come back next year under a different name. I am calling it now and you can hold me to it
— ?????? ????, ???? ???? (@Joseph_AIS) November 1, 2018
When Creeper claim to have “died” after the last show of their album cycle at a sold out Koko pic.twitter.com/Vb3XCQR30q
— Sam Cowen (@SamLCowen) November 1, 2018
Had some good points brought to me about this Creeper situation mainly regarding their deal with Roadrunner and how it’s unlikely they’d have been brought on for a one record deal. So yeah I think there is more to this
— Sam (@TrueZero_) November 1, 2018
— Creeper Updates (@creeperupdating) November 1, 2018
Fans who were in attendance at the show have also stated that some further Creeper merchandise became available at the end of the evening that wasn’t on sale earlier.
Correct. After the show ended they were sellling a poster, t-shirt and callous heart arm band that weren’t on the merch stand earlier in the evening
— Chris Morris (@Mozztastic) November 2, 2018
More details as to the the validity of the band’s apparent split will be confirmed as and if it develops.