Lamb Of God Drummer On Publicity From Los Angeles Concert Ban
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In an article posted on RelishNow, Lamb of God drummer, Chris Adler, describes his reactions to the publicity the band got from being banned from playing at an L.A. venue:
It didn't surprise Chris Adler, the drummer for Lamb of God, that the band was unceremoniously yanked from an April 9 gig at the Great Western Forum outside Los Angeles because of the band's name - and its former moniker, Burn the Priest.
What did surprise Adler was the attention and publicity given to the story. Within a day of the announcement that Lamb of God was banned from playing the show with Slipknot, media outlets as far away as England and Germany - havens for metal bands - reported the ordeal, as did many U.S. newspapers.
"Publicity certainly wasn't the intent," said Adler earlier this week, back home in Richmond. "We were just sitting around thinking, 'Well, OK, we'll just deal with (being off the show),' and suddenly the story was everywhere."
The problem with Lamb of God playing the Forum arose when the venue's owners, Faithful Central Bible Church, took issue with Lamb's current and former names. Messages left for the church's general counsel, Marc Little, have not been returned, but Little told The Associated Press, "We do owe something to our congregants. A band formerly known as Burn the Priest caused us pause. We have to draw the line somewhere."
The band, Adler said, has had protesters at its shows before, but the members are a bit annoyed that the Forum folks never took the time to examine the band's music or lyrics.
"The mistake that was made here was that they jumped to a conclusion about our name. The other bands on the bill, their lyrics have far more offensive content," Adler said. It should also be noted that hard rockers Motley Crue, themselves a magnet for religious protestors - at least in the '80s - are scheduled to play at the Forum on Wednesday.
So far, no other venues on Lamb's Subliminal Verses tour with Slipknot and Shadows Fall have raised an issue about the band's name - something that Adler admits crossed his mind - but he's also well aware of what the future could hold.
"I understand that being a privately owned venue, (the Forum owners) have the right to do whatever they want. But as more venues become privately owned, it could get to the point where situations like this arise," Adler said. "Besides, we changed the name of the band (from Burn the Priest) on purpose because it didn't suit us anymore. When we were kind of young and dumb and starting out, it worked for the shock value, but then we grew into mature, professional musicians."
"It's really turned into something massive," Adler said, noting that originally the tour was discussed for large clubs, but once promoters started to gauge interest, some 10,000- to 20,000-seat arenas were booked. But for those who have seen Lamb live before, don't expect any drastic changes, despite the upgrade in venue.
"We're just a garage band based on the five of us," Adler said with a laugh. "In today's age with a lot of costumes and stuff, it's kind of refreshing to have us as part of the show ... we're probably bringing in a lot of people who might not have come to see Slipknot if they were the kind of music fans turned off by the masks and the gimmick."
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