Metal / Hard Rock, News — November 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

I Killed The Prom Queen detained in Malaysian Immigration Detention Centre


Adelaide metalcore favourites I Killed The Prom Queen are currently enjoying a stay in a “Malaysian immigration detention centre” after immigration authorities in the country found they did not have the appropriate permit to perform.



According to a News Corp report, the five-piece band from Adelaide was detained after their performance in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night and spent the night in a cell with 30 other prisoners. The show was part of a South East Asia tour for their Beloved album. They were slated to perform in Indonesia on Sunday night.

Guitarist Jona Weinhofen was able to contact his mother Ruth Lock on a borrowed phone early on Monday afternoon to briefly tell her he was doing well, and that the group hoped to be able to leave Malaysia tonight.

“Jona said that they had been detained in an office, I presume in the immigration building, because the promoter had not obtained the necessary permits for them to play,” she told The Advertiser.

“They may have been moved to a detention centre today, but we aren’t sure. I’m worried now that they have taken their phones away from them because we haven’t heard anything for hours now and they all own smartphones.”


Ms Lock said she and other relatives of band members had been in contact with the Australian Consulate seeking help for the group. A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told News Corp the department was “continuing to provide consular assistance”.

Meanwhile, Weinhofen himself had previously updated fans via Twitter, telling them the band are going to be “detained for 4 – 14 days in a Malaysian immigration detention centre”.

“Weirdest part is some of the immigration officers asked us to autograph stuff [and] one is wearing a Prom Queen shirt. Still locking us up tho [sic],” Weinhofen wrote. “At least we have food and water and we are in good health.”