Entries tagged with: cancellations
photo: The Who in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
THE WHO today confirmed that they are postponing all remaining dates on their "THE WHO HITS 50!" North American tour. They had initially postponed FOUR shows on doctors orders after Roger Daltrey contracted a mystery virus. Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, but after extensive tests the seriousness of his condition became apparent when doctors diagnosed Roger as having viral Meningitis and prescribed a period of rest. The band apologize to fans and realize that the postponement will cause an inconvenience for ticketholders. It wasn't a decision taken lightly-THE WHO always give their fans 100% and were never going to compromise the show, but ultimately the band had no alternative but to postpone the tour.Get well soon Roger! The affected dates include NYC-area shows on 10/25 at Prudential Center and 10/26 at MSG. The band promises, "Tickets for the original dates will be honored for the new shows, which will be announced shortly." All affected dates are listed below.
Roger was particularly disappointed as he had been especially looking forward to the Teen Cancer America benefit in Los Angeles, a charity that he and THE WHO have worked tirelessly for. Thankfully he is already getting better and said, "We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis. I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year."
Pete Townshend added, "We are rescheduling all the shows for next Spring 2016. We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."
We're sorry to report that Blake Schwarzenbach has cancelled all upcoming shows, due to a serious personal matter. That includes Cake Shop and the BrooklynVegan-presented matinee at Baby's with Spill. Refunds will be issued.
Lockn' Fest grounds (photo via Garcia's at The Cap Instagram)
Peter Shapiro and Dave Frey's Lockn' Festival in Arrington, VA was supposed to start today (9/10) but the grounds were hit by a storm yesterday that caused all of today's performances to be cancelled, and the campgrounds have not been able to open yet. The festival organizers wrote last night:
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE LOCKN' ORGANIZERS: Opening of Campgrounds Delayed, Thursday (only) Performances CancelledThis morning, they added:
Earlier this evening, a severe thunderstorm with high winds passed over Lockn' and caused damage to the festival grounds, particularly the parking and campground area. The good news is that no one was injured and the entire team is focused on cleaning up and preparing for a great festival. The unfortunate news is that we will be forced to delay the opening of the campgrounds and cancel Thursday's performances in order to give the team the time necessary to make sure the festival grounds are safe for both our guests and our artists.
Despite the inconvenience the storm has caused, we count ourselves lucky that everyone is safe and that we have three great days of music ahead of us. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Stay tuned for new campgrounds opening times and other updates.
Microburst delays Lockn', there will be no show on ThursdayToday's cancelled acts include Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann's respective sets, The Doobie Incident (String Cheese Incident + Doobie Brothers), Deer Tick and more.
Lockn' organizers are asking concert-goers to be patient while crews work to rebuild and replace equipment and other necessary elements. We are working diligently to resolve all matters related to guest and artist safety, and will make a further announcement two hours prior to the opening of the campgrounds.
Assuming everything gets going on Friday, the fest runs through Sunday and includes other scheduled performances from Mickey and Bill, plus fellow Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Also on the bill is Hot Tuna, Jorma & Jack playing a Jefferson Airplane set, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Cliff, FIshbone and more. Full schedule here.
photo: Lust for Youth at MHOW earlier this month (more by PSquared)
Danish synthpop band Lust for Youth were just in the US for NYC with Total Control, Berserktown II and more. They were set to return for two NYC shows in the fall, but both have been cancelled/postponed. Stay tuned for any updates.
Their Mercury Lounge (10/29) would have been with Iceage singer Elias Bender Ronnefelt's other project Marching Church, and they're still playing (tickets). They also play Saint Vitus (10/28) a day earlier. Since we last spoke, Marching Church added more US dates and released the music video for "Your Fathers Eyes." Check that out, with a video of Lust for Youth at Berserktown, below.
Fuck Cancer. Camera Obscura announced today:
It is with regret that Camera Obscura must announce the cancellation of their planned shows in Mexico and California in November 2015.Carey's full story below:
Keyboard player Carey Lander is undergoing treatment for cancer, and the band has decided to shelve all work commitments for the time being.
Lead singer-songwriter Tracyanne Campbell says: "We're really sad to disappoint our fans but I'm sure everyone will understand that Carey's health needs to come first at this time. We hope we can come back one day and play for you."
Carey has set up a Just Giving page to encourage donations for Sarcoma UK - https://www.justgiving.com/Carey-Lander
photos by Laura June Kirsch
JC + Voidz @ House of Vans 8/13/2015
For those concerned, everyone is fine! We are healthy and very stoked about all things Voidzian. the vibe and brotherhood are stronger than ever, it really boils down to budget bullsh*t. Very similar to Australian run. In short, we wanted the tour it to be something special, and stand out compared to a run-of-the-mill tour, but several large pieces just didn't pan out. We have endless love for all our sisters and brothers that were planning on coming to the shows, and deeply apologize for any and all inconvenience. We will try hard to make it up to you our next time throughThe only dates currently still on JC + Voidz schedule are a couple festivals: Victoria, BC's Rifflandia Festival in September, and the 2015 Beach Goth fest in Santa Ana, CA in October.
One show the Voidz didn't cancel was last week's free show at Brooklyn's House of Vans with California's Cherry Glazerr (and free beer). Pictures from that show continue below...
It is with deep sadness I have to announce I've been forced to pull out of my forthcoming live performance at MoMa PS1 Warm Up in New York. This is due to scheduling issues beyond my control.Bummer. The show goes on with Nick Hook, Veronica Vasicka, Vessel, Ninos Du Brasil, Cut Hands and French Fries b2b Bambounou. Tickets are still available.
I was really looking forward to the show as many of my friends who have previously performed rated it as a career highlight.
I had written a load of new material specifically for this performance which I hope I will get a chance to share with you soon. I'm proper gutted to be missing this and very sorry for the inconvenience caused to the promoters and those planning to attend the performance.
photos by James Richards IV
Florence / A$AP Rocky / TVOTR / Albert Hammond Jr + Billy Jones
A$AP Rocky pauses to watch the sight of a person in a wheelchair crowd surfing. Ordinarily, hip-hop shows don't spawn mosh pits but then again, most don't blare both House of Pain's "Jump Around" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" over the speakers in succession. For A$AP, yes, it's that easy, and lest anyone forgets, the initials to his name get shouted out by his trio of hype men with regular frequency. To his credit, A$AP doesn't entirely coast. He establishes and maintains a crazed level of energy for a majority of the set and treats it all as a giant party. On Sunday night, with the prospect of heading back to work fans (well, the small percentage over 18, anyway) in the face, it's the appropriate atmosphere and vibe. A$AP boasts a lyrical flow most peers would envy, and his entourage scatters like ants to the very front rows on the ground to pump up the crowd. There's even room for a compelling avante R&B turn in the form of "L.$.D." Self-promotional references, tributes to weed, descriptions of loose women and homages to money spill from the emcee's mouth. So do shout-outs to Chief Keef and Chance the Rapper. Yet it's local boy Vic Mensa who scores the guest spot for a duet on "U Mad," putting the punctuation mark on a booming celebration of modern hip-hop culture that, in spite of positive messages prouncing unity, still include clicking gun-chamber sound effects. - [Chicago Tribune]Threat of severe weather (thunderstorms, hail) caused Grant Park to be evacuated briefly during the final day of Lollapalooza 2015 (8/2) and also had the fest end 30 minutes early. (This happened at Pitchfork too this year, and at Lolla in 2012.) Otherwise, the show went on with sets from Florence + the Machine, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, Albert Hammond Jr. (who started his day in the Toyota Tent for a Q&A with BrooklynVegan correspondent Billy Jones), Of Monsters and Men, Twin Peaks, Gogol Bordello, and many more.
Duran Duran were scheduled to play a concert at the Seaport with Wyclef Jean on Tuesday (8/4) to benefit the South St Seaport Museum, but the show was just canceled. From the press release:
"After a tremendous amount of effort to maintain the date for next week, we are extremely disappointed to say that as of this morning we have had to cancel Dock Rocks due to unforeseen issues at the site," said Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum "We had an incredible response to the event, which included a selection of VIP boat experiences, alongside the concert on the pier, but location logistics have now precluded our moving forward with Tuesday's event in the way that we had originally envisioned. Our plan is to host an alternative fundraiser in the fall that will include many of the same performances, as well as an opportunity to enjoy everything that the Seaport has to offer, while supporting the Museum that was so badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy. We thank our sponsors and partners within the city for their help in planning."Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon said:
We are really sad that next week's show is now not happening. We love that part of the city and were very much looking forward to playing against that incredible skyline in support of the Seaport Museum. We are in town this week to launch the first single from our new album 'Paper Gods' and were hoping to give fans a chance to hear a couple of tracks from the new record.Duran Duran also said on Facebook that they hoped to do something with the Seaport Museum soon. Stay tuned about the makeup show and who will actually play it. Meanwhile, Duran Duran's two shows this weekend at Port Chester's The Capitol Theatre are sold out, but you can still get tickets to see them at Nile Rodgers' FOLD Festival on Long Island on Wednesday (8/5).
photo: Azealia Banks at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Azealia Banks isn't exactly the most frequent live performer, and just as she was set to go on her first lengthy tour, it's been cancelled. She says the reason is that co-headliner K. Michelle is now "unavailable" this fall, but also that she's working on rescheduling certain dates:
Hey Kunts ! I just got an email from @kmichelle team and she is unfortunately unavailable this fall so she is canceling our tour.— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Unfortunate news as this was my first U.S. tour. But my team will work on an alternative plan to try and keep some of the dates in order !— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
New Tour dates will be up soon !— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Lol I dunno why y'all tryna roast me... My black ass is still hitting the road. Shit ain't cancelled niggas 😂😂😂😂😂— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
My kids need a bag of rice and a pack of pampers..... Imma see yall niggas in the fall OKAY ?? Mama need that COINt— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Hey Rebels! To say I am crushed is an understatement. I try my best to push myself over the limit and if you don't listen to your body it will make you listen. While currently filming numerous television shows, readying my businesses and working on my new album, I simply cannot overexert myself anymore than I already am. So it is with a broken heart, I have to postpone the tour with me and @AzealiaBanks at this time. Before the negativity and assumptions from naysayers and media outlets begins, I'd like for everyone to know the truth. First, there is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists. I can't wait to get in the studio with her and for you all to hear what she's been working on. Secondly, it wasn't low ticket sales. Due to such an overwhelming response with this tour there have been conversations about adding a second show in various cities. Above all, my fans mean the world to me and the last thing that I want to do is disappoint. I want to thank all of you for having my back and supporting me throughout the good and the bad. I can't wait for all of you to see what's in store and hear this new music! All tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded and I'll see you guys at the top next year! New album. New tour. ❤️ -K. Michelle
The NYC show would have happened September 26 at Best Buy Theater.
photo: The Movielife at Irving Plaza in February (more by Mimi Hong)
The Idobi Meltdown festival this weekend at Starland Ballroom has been postponed. We will be announcing a new fall festival date with The Movielife + very special guests at Starland Ballroom soon! All tickets for the 6/27 date will be honored at the new date. Customers who purchased tickets to Lifetime ONLY on 6/26 via AXS will automatically receive a refund within 7-10 days. Refunds for all other tickets will be available by request at point-of-purchase.Bummer! You can still see The Movielife and Lifetime at Riot Fest Chicago, and The Movielife at Long Island's Today's Mixtape Festival.
photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Nothing have been on tour with Merchandise and Cloakroom, but recently had to cancel a few dates due to a medical emergency. The plan was to continue the tour, but sadly the band have now dropped off all remaining dates. They write:
Despite our efforts to try and play the remaining shows on this tour, unfortunately the injuries sustained are proving to linger longer than expected and we will be forced to cancel.Bummer to hear, and best of luck to the Nothing guys. The tour goes on with Merchandise and Cloakroom, and hits NYC on Saturday (6/6) at Palisades (early) and Baby's All Right (late). Baby's is sold out, but there are still some tickets left for Palisades. Stay tuned for news of a replacement on those shows.
Apologies to ticket buyers, promoters, venues, agents, Merchandise, and Cloakroom.
We're in awe of these shitty unforeseen circumstances and extremely saddened. We will return when we can. Thanks for your understanding.
In happier news, the Nothing/Whirr-related Camera Shy are releasing their self-titled debut album on July 14 via Run for Cover and put out the new single "Colors Radiate" this week. Listen below (via Fader).
photo: Body Count @ Afropunk Fest 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ice-T's only upcoming North American Body Count show was scheduled to happen with Suffocation this Sunday (5/31) at the Paramount in Long Island, BUT, like every version of Law & Order except SVU, the concert is "officially canceled. Refunds on all tickets are now available at points of purchase: Ticketmaster or The Paramount Box Office. For additional questions or concerns, please contact The Paramount at 631-673-7300."
Body Count begins a European tour on June 4th. Those dates are still happening as far as we know, and they're listed below...
photo: Action Bronson at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Following criticisms of NXNE booking a free Action Bronson show in Yonge-Dundas Square, one of Toronto's busiest common areas, the festival initially defended their decision to book him and said, "Those who are offended by an artist are invited to check out other Festival showcases." They've now issued a new statement on the matter:
We at Northby Northeast (NXNE) are very proud of our 20 plus years relationship with the people of the City of Toronto. And for almost ten years we've shared Yonge-Dundas Square with you to present free, all ages shows open to the public. YDS is the city's space and as such we are obliged to listen to how the city and community want it used. A significant number of Torontonians have indicated their desire to have Action Bronson not perform at the Square. As annual guests in this space we feel we must accede to the strong wishes of the community and honour their input.Stay tuned for any more updates.
As a result, we will not be presenting Action Bronson at Yonge-Dundas Square but, hopefully we will still be presenting Action Bronson as part of Northby. We remain fundamentally committed to presenting this artist on a Toronto stage. We are not moving the Action show because we believe in censoring him or any other artists. In fact, we find the limiting of artistic expression distasteful. When artistic expression is limited, freedom and the evolution of ideas is often the casualty.
Hopefully, Action Bronson will accept our invitation to play at another, ticketed venue in the city so the public can decide for themselves if his work has merit. We booked Bronson, in part, because of his latest excellent disc, Mr. Wonderful.
We hope that this series of events does not foster some type of artistic chill in Toronto and its public spaces. Yonge-Dundas Square must remain a dynamic place where many viewpoints are expressed not just culturally but also at political events and rallies staged there.
We are heartened by the community engagement that has been taking place around this YDS show. This debate continues an important conversation about violence against women and its depiction in art and culture that is long overdue. We salute all of those who fight this battle and we would encourage everyone who has signed the petition or been engaged by this conversation to commit themselves personally to continuing the fight against violence against women. We at Northby pledge to continue being part of this discussion with the intent to help act as agents of change.
The Directors of North by Northeast
Meanwhile, BrooklynVegan is presenting an NXNE show with Atlas Sound, Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow, and Yvette at Lee's Palace on 6/19. $20 at the door or free with a NXNE wristband or badge.
photo: Death at Burgerama 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Detroit protopunk legends Death have an upcoming NYC show that was set to happen May 30 at Irving Plaza, but it's now been moved to the more up-close-and-personal Studio at Webster Hall (5/30). Also, in place of the original support lineup (Unlocking the Truth, Ache, Shitkill) will be the soulful garage rocker Obnox, which is a pretty great double bill. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. Refunds for Irving are available.
Death were also to have played Philadelphia's Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia on May 29 but that show has also been canceled. They will also play Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA on this run, however. All dates are listed, along with a live Death video, below...
Obnox was just in town to play a show at Cake Shop. NYC Taper was there and taped it.
Swedish post-metal band Cult of Luna were supposed to go on a three-date North American tour this week hitting Montreal, NYC and the Psycho California festival, but unfortunately the whole thing was cancelled. The band made a video explaining the cancellation (visa issues), which you can watch here. On the bright side though, they say there's a September tour TBA soon with stops in LA, Toronto, Montreal, NYC and more, and Psycho California tickets will be honored at all dates. Stay tuned for more details.
Sam Smith had to recently cancel a few dates after suffering from damaged vocal cords, and unfortunately he's now saying he needs to go into surgery and will be gone for 6-8 more weeks. He posted the above picture.
Sam Smith is forced to call off his appearance at the Rock Werchter Festival (Belgium). The young Briton has been battling with vocal cord problems and needs surgery. Sam Smith cancels all his scheduled forthcoming shows and festival performances, including his show at Rock Werchter on Saturday 27 June. The programming for Saturday will be rearranged. The festival organization wishes Sam a full and speedy recovery. Stay tuned for more news.Denmark's Northside Fest reports:
At the end of last month Sam Smith suffered a hemorrhage on his vocal cord, and he was forced to cancel shows in Australia, so he could rest his voice.The singer then went to the US to see a specialist, who in turn recommended en operation, which means Sam Smith isn't allowed to sing before July at the earliest.Hopefully that means he'll be better by the time of Forecastle Festival, Lollapalooza, and his other July/August US dates. Those are all listed below...
Melody's Echo Chamber was supposed to be in the US this week, playing Levitation Fest in Austin on Sunday (5/10) and shows in NYC and LA right after. Unfortunately she's not going to make it due to -- you guessed it -- visa issues. Her NYC show, which was scheduled for May 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, will now happen at MHOW on August 25. Tickets are on sale, tickets from the original date will be honored and refunds are available at point of purchase.
For folks going to Levitation this weekend, Chelsea Wolfe has been added in Melody's place.
Atlanta hip hop trio Migos were supposed to begin a tour with OG Maco this past weekend, but all dates were postponed. The group issued the following statement:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are postponing this tour until July. We want to be at our best and make sure that we give 100 percent during the Yung Rich Nation tour. We would also like to say 'Thank you' to all our fans for their love and support.The tour would have hit NYC this Thursday (5/7) at Irving Plaza. Refunds are available at point of purchase, and internet and phone orders will automatically be cancelled and refunded. A rescheduled date is TBA.
The tour cancellation follows the news that members were arrested at a Georiga Southern University concert on April 28. A statement given to FADER reads:
On 4/18/15 Georgia Southern University held its annual Spring concert at Hanner Field House on Fair Rd, Statesboro. The featured act, Migos, contracted with Georgia Southern to perform at the venue. Security at the event was provided by officers of the Georgia Southern University Police Department, officers of the Statesboro Police Department, and deputies with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office. The joint Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team was also present. Prior to the arrival of the group only two arrests had been made for minor misdemeanors.Stay tuned for any more announcements. All affected dates are listed below...
Upon the arrival of the group and its associates in two vans, members of the Crime Suppression Team detected a very potent smell of marijuana coming from those vehicles. As the Migos went inside Hanner to perform, CST investigators contacted the drivers of both vehicles. Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of marijuana, a separate Schedule II drug, and multiple firearms in the vehicles. These discoveries were intensely concerning as the drugs and firearms had been brought to a university sponsored event where over a thousand students were congregated. All occupants of the two vans were arrested after leaving the stage following the Migos performance, a total of 15 in all. They were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they await bond review by the District Attorney's Office. The three members of the Migos were charged as follows:
Quavious Marshall (24 yoa, Lawrenceville Ga): Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession of a Firearm in a School Safety Zone, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
Kirschnick Ball (20 yoa, Lawrenceville Ga): Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession of a Firearm in a School Safety Zone, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
Kiari Cephus (23 yoa, Lawrenceville Ga): Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession of a Firearm in a School Safety Zone, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
photo: Ides of Gemini at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Doom trio Ides of Gemini were to have played four NYC shows this week -- three opening for The Mountain Goats (tonight, 4/9, at Webster and 4/11-12 at City Winery) and a headlining show on Friday (4/10) at Saint Vitus. Unfortunately, they've cancelled all four. They write:
Due to Kelly's injury, we will be unable to play the scheduled NYC shows with the the Mountain Goats at Webster Hall (tonight) & the City Winery (Saturday & Sunday) - as well as our scheduled show at Saint Vitus Bar (Friday) with Kosmodemonic & Steve Brodsky. With a few days of rest and a little luck, we're hoping we can rejoin the Mountain Goats tour in Philly on Monday night.Bummer. Feel better Kelly, and hopefully they'll get back on the road sooner than later.
Tonight's Mountain Goats show at Webster Hall will instead have Emil Amos' band Holy Sons opening. No replacement has been announced for the City Winery shows. All three are sold out.
photo: Wilco at the Cap in 2014 (more by PSquared)
We are canceling our May 7 show at the Murat in Indianapolis. The "Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act" feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us. Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed. Refunds available at point of purchase.Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the bill -- which could make it legal for businesses to turn away LGBT customers for religious reasons -- "isn't about discrimination," but not everyone's buying it.
In less upsetting news, the daily lineups were announced today for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.
by Bill Pearis
We are really sorry to tell you that unfortunately we are forced to cancel our upcoming US/Canadian tour. There has been an unexplained hold-up in the visa process and we will now not have them back in time for the tour which was due to start in Santa Ana, CA next week. I don't know whether this is some kind of backlog from SXSW or whether we are just an unfortunate anomaly, but everything was submitted with plenty of time, and there were zero issues with visas when we played in New York 18 months ago, so we're just as confused and upset as anyone else.You can read their whole message below. Dates included two in NYC at Palisades and Rough Trade. Major bummer. Their label, Weird World, uses the phrase "postpone" not "cancel" so let's hope they come back sooner than later.
We've spent the last 6 months organising this trip along with our US booking agent Alisa and the good people at Domino, so devastated doesn't really begin to cover it.
The band were to have played a lunchtime "Soundcheck Live" show today too (it would have started at 1:30 PM) but it was canceled due to band illness. Tonight's show is still on, though. Rest up, guys.
Meanwhile, of Montreal have a new video for "Bassem Sabry" (from Aureate Gloom) which you can watch below. They've also expanded their tour and all dates, including a slew of SXSW appearances, are listed below....
above is a screenshot of a 1/15 tweet by band Viet Cong
One of 2015's fastest rising indie bands, Viet Cong, has been the subject of many articles lately, not because of their music, but because of their controversial name. Though maybe not immediately obvious to most young Americans, "Viet Cong" is a loaded term. Sang Nguyen at Impose wrote:
This history of violence is what I am reminded of every time I see Viet Cong's band name pop up on my news feed, in the music media, and on festival line-ups. Comprised of two ex-members of the band Women (also a pretty contentious name considering none of the members were actually women), Viet Cong have released records on labels like Jagjaguwar, Mexican Summer, and Flemish Eye, while garnering critical acclaim from Stereogum, NPR and even Impose. Pitchfork, who in recent months have done a thorough job calling attention to instances of misogyny, racism, and cultural appropriation in popular music, gave the band's recent album "Best New Music" status and have them booked at both SXSW and their annual summer festival. [Impose]The controversy has been known to the Canadian band for as long as they've been putting themselves out there. They've talked about it in interviews. Comments show up in forums and on social media, even by the band themselves (see above), but it all just really bubbled to the surface last week when Oberlin College cancelled a show. A statement from the college reads:
I am writing to officially announce the cancellation of the Viet Cong show at Oberlin College's Dionysus Discotheque (commonly known as The 'Sco) meant to take place on Saturday March 14th, 2015. This statement aims to express the reasoning behind such a move. As the person behind booking this band, I would first and foremost like to apologize on both my and my booking organization's behalf for inviting a band with a name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond. I acknowledge the problematic nature of a band naming themselves "Viet Cong" and extend my apology to anyone hurt or made uncomfortable by the name and its connotations.You can read the rest of that HERE.
Viet Cong is of course not the first band whose name has caused this kind of reaction. There are many examples including Joy Division (named after Nazi concentration camp brothels described in the novel House of Dolls) and New Order (perceived Nazi connotations). A more recent example is Muslims who changed their name to The Soft Pack. Another band who can definitely relate is Gang of Four, who also happen to be an active band right now too. In fact, the current lineup is on tour now and they play Irving Plaza in NYC TONIGHT (Saturday, 3/7 --- tickets still available).
We caught up with Gang of Four original and current member Andy Gill and asked him what he thought about the Viet Cong situation. Here's what he told us:
ANDY GILL of GANG OF FOUR to BROOKLYNVEGAN:Catch Gang of Four on tour and at SXSW where Viet Cong is also playing before their own upcoming tour.
it's a little ridiculous to ban bands for their name. We can all think of dozens of bands with really quite offensive names and as soon as you get into being the guardian of public morality, taking it upon yourself to decide whats ok and what is not, you are acting in an illiberal, undemocratic and anti-progressive way. People should be treated as grown ups, capable of making their own decisions . We should not be deciding for people what we think they are capable of understanding or not. Artists; film-makers, writers, musicians need to be un-censored so they can make their point, political or otherwise. - Andy
Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan had to delay their US tour due to visa issues, forcing them to cancel last Wednesday's Brooklyn show, but they were supposed to get here in time for this Sunday's (3/8) NYC show at the Studio at Webster Hall. Unfortunately, they've had to drop off the Webster show too. They write:
Disappointing news came through this morning regarding the Makthaverskan 3/8 show at The Studio. The band has hit yet another snag in their continuing visa complications and will not be receiving their visas until Monday 3/9. As of today all shows from 3/9 on will continue as usual. Unfortunately these issues have cost them their New York, Boston and Philadelphia appearances which has been devastating for the band :'(Fingers crossed that Makthaverskan get here sooner than later. You can still see Self Defense Family and Creative Adult at this Sunday's show without Makthaverskan, and tickets for that are on sale.
Once we sort everything out we're going to try really hard to get them to New York very soon!