Static-X Cancel Scranton, PA Show Due To “Misunderstanding” Over Venue’s Stage Size

Static-X have decided to cancel their June 30 concert at Levels in Scranton, PA. The cancellation came as a result of a “misunderstanding” over the venue’s stage size.

The group commented:

“We are very sorry to announce that the Static-X show at Levels in Scranton PA on 6-30-2019 has been cancelled..

This is an isolated incident, resulting from a misunderstanding of the stage size at the venue and its ability to support the production associated with a tour of this size..

We know that the fans in Scranton will be very disappointed, as are we.
However, This USA tour is as much about memorializing Wayne Static, as it is about anything else…

If we are unable to project Waynes face on the big screen for everyone to see and celebrate, it just doesn’t feel right…

Again, we are very sorry that we will be unable to perform as scheduled, and we hope that we will be able to see the fans in the Scranton PA area sometime in the near future.

Tickets will be refunded by the promoter.

Anyone who purchased a meet and greet from the bands will be refunded immediately!

Below is a photo of the tour production, along with a photo of the stage at Levels..

This is nobodies fault, It was an over site / misunderstanding..

Sincerely,
Static-X”

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We are very sorry to announce that the Static-X show at Levels in Scranton PA on 6-30-2019 has been cancelled.. This is an isolated incident, resulting from a misunderstanding of the stage size at the venue and its ability to support the production associated with a tour of this size.. We know that the fans in Scranton will be very disappointed, as are we. However, This USA tour is as much about memorializing Wayne Static, as it is about anything else… If we are unable to project Waynes face on the big screen for everyone to see and celebrate, it just doesn’t feel right… Again, we are very sorry that we will be unable to perform as scheduled, and we hope that we will be able to see the fans in the Scranton PA area sometime in the near future. Tickets will be refunded by the promoter. Anyone who purchased a meet and greet from the bands will be refunded immediately! Below is a photo of the tour production, along with a photo of the stage at Levels.. This is nobodies fault, It is an oversite or a misunderstanding.. Sincerely, Static-X

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Judas Priest Cancel Colorado Springs Show Due To Rob Halford’s Bronchitis

Judas Priest have been forced to cancel their June 5 show at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado due to Rob Halford suffering from bronchitis. The band tweeted the following:

Sepultura On Being Banned From Playing In Lebanon: “It Was The First Time We Had Our Entry Blocked In A Country By A False Interpretation Of Our Purposes And Values”

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
LINK: http://youtube.com/sepultura
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”

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Sepultura Banned From Playing In Lebanon Due To Accusations Of “Devil Worship”

Sepultura were scheduled to perform in Beirut, Lebanon on April 28, but the band were apparently banned from entering the country after being accused of worshipping 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.

Skull Session, the company that was promoting the concert, commented:

“The media office of the organizers of Sepultura Live in Beirut concert released the following statement:

We were going to host a concert for the International Brazilian Metal Band Sepultura on the 28th of April at The Palace – Aresco Center, Beirut. After duly applying for artist entry visas for the band, we were informed that band members had been banned from entering Lebanon. The concert organizers were not even allowed to view the decision.

However, after enquiring before the artists’ division, we were told that the issue is delicate as it relates to insulting Christianity, that the band members are devil worshipers, that they held a concert in Israel, that they filmed a video clip supporting Israel, and that the decision was issued by the head of the General Security Forces.

We would like to clarify that these accusations are totally untrue. The band did not play in Israel. The aforementioned video clip mentions Israel’s racism without naming it. The same video clip, which was launched in 1993, contains scenes of Israeli repression, and members of the band are shown drinking tea with Arab clans. (1)

As for insulting religion, current members of Sepultura fight against all forms of corruption, and call on the world to return to goodness and nature and to reject corruption. Since it’s the nature of metal music, the band uses a violent style of expression. But they did not directly attack Christianity. in fact, the band’s vocalist has shared on his personal Instagram account photos of St. George’s Cathedral in Lviv – Ukraine a few days ago. It should be noted that the icon of Saint Charbel appears in the photo. (2)

We would like to point out that the band is socially active as it tries to shed light on corruption in societies without adopting any ideology or being inclined towards any thought. On the contrary, through their lyrics, they ask people to return to God and to reject an abnormal automated society, not to worship Satan as interpreted by some.

Finally, we would like to point out that it is a shame to see such censorship in Lebanon, a country that claims to be the only democracy in the Arab world, where freedom of thought and belief is safeguarded impartially, while countries that are more religiously stringent, such as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, host this band that was banned from entering Lebanon(Dubai is hosting them for the second time).

Sepultura has held a concert in Dubai in 2017, and will be having a second concert at the Hard Rock Café in Dubai on May 2, and a concert in Turkey on April 30th.

While Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. trudge through mud, Max Cavalera screams about racist politicians and the plague-like effects of hate and discrimination. Although the song’s video deals with Israeli violence against the Lebanese and Palestinians, “Territory” pertains to every situation in which a government uses xenophobia to justify cruelty.”

Slayer & Anthrax’s Christchurch, NZ Show Cancelled Following Mosque Shootings

Slayer and Anthrax’s March 17 show in Christchurch ended up getting cancelled due to the horrific mosque shootings that left 50 people dead and 50 others injured. The concert was supposed to be Slayer’s final New Zealand show.

The following statement was issued:

SLAYER AND ANTHRAX CHRISTCHURCH SHOW CANCELLED.

Following advice from the Police and Christchurch City Council, Vbase has made the decision to cancel the Slayer concert which was due to take place at Horncastle Arena on Sunday 17 March.

“On behalf of Vbase our heartfelt deepest sympathies go out to all the families affected by the recent tragedy.”

“The advice we have received is too compelling to ignore and we have made this decision in conjunction with the Police and Christchurch City Council. We understand fans may be disappointed, however, we feel that it is in the best interest for the safety and wellbeing of the public after the tragic events which unfolded across our city 24 hours ago.” Tim Scandrett Vbase Board Chairperson

Storm The Gates Directors add “Whilst we want music to be a positive impact on any city, the recent events are incomprehensible, and right now we stand together with Christchurch, and send our deepest sympathies to those affected.”

Tickets will be refunded to the cards that were used to purchase.

FOR FURTHER TICKETING REFUNDS & ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:
Ticketek 0800 842 538 | http://www.ticketek.co.nz

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.”

Watain’s Singapore Show Cancelled On Religious Grounds

Watain were supposed to perform at the EBX Live Space in Singapore tonight (March 7), but the show ended up getting cancelled on religious grounds. The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) originally approved the concert, but they changed their minds after hearing from the Home Affairs Ministry (MHA). This news comes after over 17,000 people signed a petition to get Watain and Soilwork banned from the country.

IMDA issued the following statement:

“MHA has expressed serious concerns about the concert, given the band’s history of denigrating religions and promoting violence, which has potential to cause enmity and disrupt Singapore’s social harmony.”

The band have since commented as well:

“In the light of yesterdays events in Singapore we would like to send a proud hail to our fans and followers from Singapore, Indonesia, Sarawak, Burma, Laos, Philippines and Malaysia who had traveled to see yesterdays performance but were robbed of their experience in the last minute by Singapore’s tragic excuse for a government.

It was an honor to meet you all yesterday and to sense the fire in your eyes and in your spirits. We look forward to the day we can perform for you without the interference from lesser men.

To the honorless rats behind the ban, rest assured that you in your cowardly act have only stirred the cauldrons of your own misfortune. If these men and women didn’t already feel mistrust and contempt towards ‘authorities’, they sure do now. The flames of discontent have once again been kindled, may they scorch your heavens…”

It’s worth noting that Soilwork were supposed to perform at the same venue on March 12, but the show has now been rescheduled for October 29.