As previously reported, Sepultura were scheduled to perform in Beirut, Lebanon on April 28, but they ended up getting banned from entering the country after being accused of worshiping the devil and “insulting Christianity.” On top of that, authorities also took issue with their 1993 video for “Territory,” saying it shows support for Israel. The band have since commented on the issue saying “it was the first time [they] had [their] entry blocked in a country by a false interpretation of [their] purposes and values.”
Here’s Sepultura’s full statement:
“On behalf of Sepultura and staff, we would like to express to our public in Beirut our deep dissatisfaction with the situation to which we were submitted by the general security office which resulted in the cancellation of our show that would take place yesterday (Sunday, April 28th) at The Palace.
In 35 years of history, it was the first time we had our entry blocked in a country by a false interpretation of our purposes and values since our intention has always been to promote unity and freedom of expression through music, without making any political, racial or religious distinction.
To try to compensate everyone who, like us, are frustrated with what happened, we would like to invite you to watch the live broadcast of our upcoming Dubai concert on May 2 in honor of all Sepultura Lebanese fans who could not watch us in person.
LIVE STREAMING INFORMATION
DAY: May 2, 2019
TIME: Lebanon – 22:00, Europe – 21:00, Brasil – 16:00, USA 3:00pm (ET)
We’d like to thank Skull Session, Sepulnation around the world, all media that has published anything related to this subject, and Embassy of Brazil in Beirut for all the support.
Andreas, Paulo, Derrick, Eloy and the Sepultura team”