Venue Cancels Filter’s El Paso, TX Show Due To An “Offending” Facebook Post & The Band’s Plans To Display An American Flag Upside Down

Filter were supposed to perform at the Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso, TX tonight (March 7), but the show was cancelled after the venue took issue with a caption on a Facebook post made by Richard Patrick. The venue also didn’t like the fact that the band were planning to use an upside down American flag in their video backdrop.

Filter commented:

“FILTER(ED) IN TEXAS

Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso, TX, the Tigua Tribe’s Casino / Resort / Music Venue has cancelled tonight’s FILTER show, due to a humorous Facebook post written by vocalist, Richard Patrick, and the band’s plans to use the American flag turned upside down in their background video on stage.

The “offending” post, which included a short video of the band soundchecking at the venue:

This is sound check!! We’re Playing El Paso!!!
Get here later and it will be packed!! A lot of Trump bashing!
Does anyone know Beto?? Bring Beto!

The band was told the venue “didn’t like” the post and that they were getting threatening phone calls and bomb threats from Texans who didn’t like it either. The tour manager was in the green room and woke up from a pre-show nap to 30 yellow-shirted security guards and the General Manager shouting expletives and telling the band they were not welcome at the venue. “The First Amendment does not exist in this Casino. Get the f@*k out,” they said.

Management also told Patrick that it was illegal to display the flag upside down in their video. The law to which they might refer is Title 4, US Code “(a) The flag should never be displayed with union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

Patrick explains “This is a dire emergency! This country is totally jacked up!! This is my right to artistic expression. If they are going to tell me that I am un-American for saying that about the President, I’d ask them if they have been to Iraq or Afghanistan. I have been over there and love and respect the job that our troops are doing over there – fighting to ensure our rights to say what we like. As a matter of fact – I was asked recently what FILTER stands for and THIS IS IT – our freedom of expression!”

In addition to the First Amendment, The Texas Constitution, in Article I, sections 8 and 27 protects the “liberty to speak, write or publish … opinions on any subject.” You have the right to express your views in these ways regardless of how unpopular or controversial they may be. #firstamendment #gop #filter2019 #america”

The venue also issued a statement:

“Unfortunately due to safety concerns associated with Filter’s performance tonight we will be canceling their show. We want everyone who comes to our venue to experience entertainment with positivity, union, safety, and joy. We all have our own political views and want to respect everyone’s opinion, but our shows will not be a platform for it. We apologize for the cancellation.”

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Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst’s House Reportedly Destroyed In California Fires, Tool, Filter, Etc. Members Evacuated

The deadly fires here in California have had an impact on a number of rock/metal musicians. Among them is Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, who appears to have lost his house. He said the following on his Instagram story:

“When you wake up and your house has burned down, but you were able to salvage your chair and thermos and paddleball.”

Durst‘s bandmate Wes Borland also seems to have lost some gear in the fire:

Tool’s Adam Jones and his family have also been evacuated and their house is in danger:

Filter’s Richard Patrick and his family were evacuated as well:

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Some Fire Damage… #thousandoaks

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Furthermore, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and his family were evacuated, but a neighbor helped save their house:

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Jimi Hendrix saw these Southern California daze when he sang look at the sky turn hellfire red someone’s house is burning down down down down. The Los Angeles air is thick with smoke, ash, and ember and the danger has not passed. My house might have burned down down last night were it not for my friend Eric (in the second pic) who defied the evacuation orders and stayed up all through the night armed with his wits and a garden hose, and put out all the little fires at my house and my neighbors, saving our asses. He is a brave and beautiful, a selfless and kind man. So I was able to go be silly with my kids today and go get our nails painted funny colors, without bearing the heavy weariness of having lost all my stuff. We are not out of the woods yet, but with people like eric around we are gonna be ok. Times like these we have to do everything we can to help each other, listen to each other, step up for our neighbors. Empathy is everything, our greatest trait.

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Filter Launch PledgeMusic Campaign For New Album

Original Filter members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang have launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their new album. This news comes after Patrick previously said the effort will likely serve as a direct follow-up to their debut album “Short Bus.“ Those that participate in the campaign will be able to get signed CDs, memorabilia, etc. The band are also planning to let their fans decide on the album title. On another note, Patrick and Liesegang have also revealed that they reunited after Louise Post (Veruca Salt) told them “…to bury any bullshit, forget the crap, and get their shit together” during a live show they attended.

Filter Are Planning An “Official Reboot Of Initial Filter”

Filter’s Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang have offered some insight into their current plans and it seems they are going back to the beginning. In one post, Patrick said their next album, which is tentatively titled “Re-Bus,” will likely serve as a follow-up to their debut album, “Short Bus.“ In a separate post, Liesegang also added that the group are basically going for an “official reboot of initial Filter.”

Filter Appear To Be Working On New Music With A Co-Founding Member, Teasers Posted

Filter have been working on a new album and frontman Richard Patrick has seemed to hint that co-founding guitarist/keyboardist Brian Liesegang has been involved in the sessions. You can check out some teasers of the new material below:

[via The PRP]