CHILDREN OF BODOM’s November 29 concert at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium has been canceled due to a city-wide security clampdown, which began on November 21 and came in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 dead and hundreds injured.
Says the band in a statement: “Unfortunately, our show in Belgium has been cancelled along with all Brussels shows through the 29th of November. This is due to the terror threat level being at a 4 until the 30th — they’re forced to cancel all shows. You should know the venue did try everything to keep this show, including requesting extra security from the city, but that wasn’t possible. We are grateful to them for trying. We are looking to try to get another show nearby and will let you know as soon as we have something, but you should refund your tickets to this show. All other CHILDREN OF BODOM shows are still happening, so come out and see you soon.”
CHILDREN OF BODOM is continuing to tour Europe with SYLOSIS after the trek’s original headliner, LAMB OF GOD, pulled off the run due to what has been described as “security concerns.”
89 people were killed at the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL show at Paris venue Bataclan, where when gunmen fired inside the venue and took concertgoers hostage. All of the bandmembers were confirmed safe after the attacks, but members of their crew were not so lucky. Merchandising manager Nick Alexander lost his life, as did Bataclan stage and lighting manager Nathalie Jardin.
Germany’s soccer match against the Netherlands was called off on November 17 after a bomb threat at Hanover’s main football stadium. The area was evacuated and spectators were moved to safe areas.