Schmier of German thrashers DESTRUCTION has taken to his Facebook page to slam an unspecified “overrated American band” for canceling its European tour due to “security concerns.” He added in the same post: “A nice way the let fear win over freedom.”
After someone suggested below Schmier‘s post that the unspecified American band’s label could have been involved in the decision to cancel the tour, Schmier wrote: “I don t think so. Labels have NOTHING to do with concerts!”
On Thursday (November 19), Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD announced that they were canceling the remaining dates on their European tour due to “security concerns.” Support acts CHILDREN OF BODOM and SYLOSIS will continue the trek, starting on November 22 at Z7 Konzertfabrik in Pratteln, Switzerland.
Said LAMB OF GOD in a statement: “Due to concerns brought to our attention by the venue security team yesterday in Tilburg — and continued general concerns across Europe — we have decided against putting our fans, our crew and ourselves in this position night after night and will be canceling the remainder of our performances in Europe. This is a decision we are making on behalf of the fans, our crew, and our band, as well as the well-being of everyone’s family, friends and loved ones at home. Stay safe, and we will see you very soon.”
FOO FIGHTERS and MOTÖRHEAD were among the other bands who canceled their French concerts in the wake of last weekend’s terror attacks which have left more than 120 dead.
CARCASS‘s November 23 concert at La Cigale in Paris, France will go ahead as scheduled. The British extreme metal band wrote in an online post: “We play. End of discussion.” Also slated to appear on the bill are NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY and VOIVOD.
On Saturday, the French Government declared a state of emergency, closing the nation’s borders and shutting down Paris’ concert halls, movie theatres, museums and public spaces until further notice.
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 Tuesday (November 17) after a bomb threat at Hanover’s main football stadium. The area was evacuated and spectators were moved to safe areas.