Life of Agony’s Las Vegas show cancelled after terrorist threat
Life Of Agony are on tour now, and they had to cancel their show at Las Vegas’ Beauty Bar this past Saturday (5/19) after a local high school teacher made terroristic threats related to the concert over text message. KTNV reports that the woman, Leslie McGourty, texted a friend named James, saying “The timing couldn’t be any better. And the irony of it all it’s all perfect. A perfect plan with my favorite song surrounded by a bunch of fucked up misfits like I am.” “Again to what end other than to hurt people?” James asked, and McGourty replied, “Imagine knowing exactly the moment that you’re going to die. I know exactly that your favorite song will be playing. By your favorite band. It’s just too perfect.”
McGourty also added, “Maybe I will start a movement. Another me-too movement. But this time in which women feel empowered enough to become serial killers.” McGourty also said she wanted to “poke a lot of holes in a lot of people,” and that she wanted to “blow everyone’s mind” and that “people will remember [her].” The texts also referenced Stephen Paddock, the gunman behind the shooting at Las Vegas music festival Route 91 Harvest Fest last year on October 1. “I have the means, motive, and brains,” she wrote, before adding, “Vegas will lose its luster after me.”
McGourty was arrested but she is already out on bail.
“I think that since what happened here last year with October 1; I think we’re all really more aware of what can happen,” said Beauty Bar managing member Roxie Amoroso.
Life of Agony wrote on Facebook:
We had a fantastic time at Anaheim’s House Of Blues last night! Thanks to everyone for coming out! A little update on the Las Vegas show cancellation… Safety for our fans is always our number one priority, so once we were notified by law enforcement about a possible threat to the venue, we felt it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel the show as a precaution, since the investigation was still active. We plan to reschedule a new date at a later time once it’s resolved.
The band is very disappointed that we couldn’t play, but we are also very thankful that everyone is safe and sound. Catch us next at Club Red in Phoenix, AZ on May 20th and at Brick by Brick in San Diego, CA on May 22nd, as our ‘Rise of the Underground’ tour continues!
The Brooklyn band began their tour with two small-ish hometown shows at Saint Vitus. We already posted pictures and full-set video of night one and we’ve got pictures of night two in the gallery above (including openers The Pain Method). Night two was treated to a really special, tear-inducing “Let’s Pretend” which LOA didn’t play at night one. The band will be back in NYC to play Bowery Ballroom on 9/29 with Silvertomb, which features Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative (tickets). Johnny Kelly is also drumming in former LOA/Type O member Sal Abruscato’s band A Pale Horse Named Death, who are playing some shows with the reunited Pist.On.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau