During a recent interview with Horns Up Rocks!, Suffocation vocalist Frank Mullen said he plans to retire from touring with the band on a full-time basis.
When asked about the band’s plans to tour their upcoming album, Mullen said he “can't really tour full time anymore” and that he’ll only do “about two weeks” of an upcoming US tour.
“…when the album comes out, they'll probably set up about a month-[long] tour, or something like that, in the States,” Mullen explained. “I'll only do about two weeks of it. There'll be a fill-in singer [doing the rest of the shows]. And then I'll probably do maybe a week, or a week and a half, over in Europe, and then any other touring they do for the rest of the year, will probably have somebody else filling in [on vocals]. I mean, I'll do, like, spot shows here and there."
Mullen continues: “At this point, you’ve gotta start thinking ahead in your life, you’ve gotta start thinking long-term goals and stuff. And unfortunately, death metal, again, it’s not the type of music where you’re gonna make millions and where you can make a really good living on it. I mean, you can have fun with it, and some bands could have a steady life on it, but for the most part, you do it more or less for the fact that that’s what you love — you love death metal and that’s what you play. It’s more or less that than trying to make a living.”
However, Suffocation have since refuted Mullen’s claims stating:
"Frank, along with the band will be making a statement this week, but this interview was blown way out of proportion and was not meant how it may have sounded or came off. More details to come, and everything will be clarified."