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Disney Force Machine Head Show Cancellation

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The following message has been posted via the official Machine Head myspace:

"In a stunning last-minute move, Walt Disney Properties have pressured promoter Live Nation into canceling Machine Head's performance tomorrow night at the House of Blues venue in Anaheim (on their Disneyland property). Citing violent imagery, undesirable fans and inflammatory lyrics as the reason, the diversity-impaired corporation began pressuring the promoter on Saturday to cancel all upcoming heavy metal concerts, placing Machine Head under an internal "review process" that took 5 days before bothering to convey their alarming decision to the band late yesterday - less than 48 hours before their Black Tyranny Tour was to kick off at House of Blues Anaheim on Friday night.

While the enactment of this new blanket rule applies to all upcoming heavy metal shows at the House Of Blues Anaheim (with some metal bands having been banned from performing on name alone), Machine Head is the first band to actually have tickets go on sale, and remain on sale for 2 months, before intense pressure and vague threats of liability from the Corporation left the promoter with no choice but to remove the show from the venue.

As a result, Live Nation's Paul McGuigan did the honorable thing and incredibly, on one days notice, managed to salvage the tour's opening night by moving the first date of The Black Tyranny tour (featuring Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Throwdown, and Sanctity) to The Glass House in Pomona, CA (located at 200 W. Second Street). All existing tickets will be redeemable for entry at The Glass House, and all Will Call pickups will now be available for pickup at the new venue. Any fans unable to make the 70-mile trip to The Glass House as a result of this ridiculous turn of events will be able to have their money refunded in full. Strangely, all other Black Tyranny dates at House Of Blues venues on Disney property will remain unaffected.

On behalf of all four bands on the bill, Machine Head wish to extend their gratitude to promoter Paul McGuigan and Live Nation for finding an alternate venue for tomorrow night's show on such short notice."

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1. dmasa writes:

y would a metal band wanna play at such a gay place anyway.

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 2:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Joo writes:

This is just wrong, isnt walt disney breaking the first amendment here... I Know they own the venue but their not letting bands play cause of their name? or because of the genre of music....somebody has to stop this!

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 3:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. ZT writes:

f*** Disney.

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 3:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. JD writes:

disney did the exact same thing to lamb of god, hatebreed, and three inches of blood when they were scheduled to play at the hard rock cafe and then the house of blues in orlando

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. WiseWiz writes:

gosh, disney needs to grow a pair.

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. coldiem writes:

Won't SOMEBODY think of the children?! They could be exposed to this awful, satanic destruction of life as we know it.

"Citing violent imagery, undesirable fans and inflammatory lyrics as the reason"

What a load of crap. "Undesirable fans"? Since that isn't blatant discrimination or anything. Freedom of speech and expression? Hell no, Disney is above the law.

As if there aren't all sorts of "undesirables" wandering around Disney's theme parks on any given day. So do they refuse entry to people wearing metal t-shirts? Or tell them to get off their property? I doubt it.

Somebody needs to sue these d***s and let them know they can't just stomp all over anything they want and not face any legal ramifications. Unfortunately I'm sure contractual agreements have their asses covered. Disgusting... disappointing and disgusting.

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. HORNS UP!!!! writes:

this sucks so much, HoB is my favorite venue, it has such a cozy feeling with the whole log cabin thing going on

JD - yep along with every metal band scheduled there, right after the Dimmu Borgir show in May the band walked around drunk and harassed the children and fans too were going crazy around all the families. so because of that they've decided to not let any metal bands play there anymore, its so gay, there were a dozen good shows coming up planned for HOB and now they're at some random club near by

this is the new thing for the Orlando location don't know if it holds true for the rest of the HoB's

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 5:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Zero 54 writes:

Damn me and Goofy had front row tickets too

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 5:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. rk writes:

fukk i would have paid big loot too see snow white showing her tits to mickey mouse minnie would've been piissed.

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 7:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

LOL f***in disney

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Stephen writes:

"Undesirable fans"? What the hell is that supposed to mean?

# Sep 6, 2007 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. citrus_tea writes:

A question from an uneducated Limey, what exactly is acceptable in the "house of blues" then. If it is "Blues", then you would stuggle to find a more subversive, certainly anti-establishment and often drug fuelled genre.

# Sep 7, 2007 @ 3:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. citrus_tea writes:

....Cradle of filth are still HOB band of the month apparently....http://www.hob.com/artistfeatures/artistofmonth/0709vlb/

# Sep 7, 2007 @ 4:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. SICKMINDED666 writes:

Disney sucks anyway

# Sep 7, 2007 @ 11:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Shoe Police writes:

Disney needs to shut the f*** up and let bands do what they do best: Entertain the people who go see them. f*** Mickey Mouse. f*** him in the a$$ with a giant rubber d***.

# Sep 7, 2007 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. rising end writes:

damn shoe police not a big mouse fan are we? well lets stop attacking the animated characters and focus on the real enemy, (well excluding the little mermaid, f*** the little mermaid).......it is the fags behind the actual disney image.......i mean look at pirates of the caribbean, those movies were a little too violent for "disney family entertainment" f*** you disney, killing is a lot "worse" of an influence than anything heavy music can bring to a child's mind. and who the f*** says that children are gonna go to a metal show to be disturved by "violent imagery".....imagine this sh**: a family of four is at disney and they are deciding what to do one of the nights they're there....so little 8 year old joey says "hey mom why dont we go see machine head"......get the f*** out of here disney if you're not watching how can you feel offended. leave the fans alone.

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 3:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. brandedcfh420 writes:

this is just another example of christian hypocricy.....let all the weak a$$ sh1tty music be played at this "family oriented park", and oppress the rest....agter all, disney cartoons and most cartoons in general are some of the most violent images on tv...

"undesirable fans", once again here they go with expressing their own opinions on the metal fans...thats ok by me, cause i wouldnt waste 1 dollar at that "homo playground"...it only shows that disney is a facist place and needs to be boycotted....

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 9:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Diamond Oz writes:

Has anyone else seen the cartoon where Donald Duck is a nazi. They should have just brought that up when they were told they couldn't play, arguement won.

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 9:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. brandedcfh420 writes:

ive seen that one oz....fukin pile of sh1t hypicrits....

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 10:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. EXZOOMER writes:

someone with too much money has deep twisted control issues....send slayer over to play a gig in front of the venue...right in the f***ing street.

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 10:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. coldiem writes:

Yeah Oz, I saw that cartoon a week or two ago, a friend of mine told me about it. You can still find it on YouTube I think. I wasn't offended by it at all, but I was a little shocked by the video. It would be really interesting to hear Disney's response if somebody brought that up though, I'd love to hear them try to glaze that one over.

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 12:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Diamond Oz writes:

I wasn't offended by it either, I thought it was hilarious lol. But all the same, they'd be so embarrassed if that was brought up. Perhaps it's been removed from their library over the years.

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 12:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. iEATbabies writes:

"y would a metal band wanna play at such a gay place anyway"-

Because they were there to make Disney Metal. Blacker than the blackest black times infinity.

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. RememberMetal? writes:

I wish I were stunned by this.

Disney will lay dormant for so many hot button issues and then pounce on the strangest things.....MachineHead is pretty typical, middle-of-the-road metal. Not too popular but nowhere near under the radar. Not Satanic but not Underoath either.

If Zao gets banned and Gorgoroth manage to play the HOB Anaheim( a very conservative place in otherwise mega-liberal state )I'm taking a barrel to Niagra Falls.

Now Playing: Isis - "Syndic Calls"

# Sep 9, 2007 @ 4:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Graveyard Disciple writes:

Well this is garbage censorship...however...the Donald Duck Nazi arguement can hold no water...The cartoon was made during WW2 as an american prapoghanda piece and shows the Nazi's in a negative light...overworking their people and givin little in return....in the end..Donald wakes up in his bed in AMERICA....all I'm sayin is...they're not hypocrites for that

This is a really bad business decision...it won't make or break them but they will be losing lots potential revenue...the Metal community is a big one and to alienate an entire genre of fans is nothing short of bad business. But if Dimmu Borgir ended up getting drunk and harrasing people...why isn't anyone blaming them for ruining it for everyone else?

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 3:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. kingcarcas writes:

Horsesh**, then why did they let The Haunted play with Dark Tranquillity a few months ago? I missed pretty much the entire show because of this. Everyone is indoors and i've seen people wearing Slayer shirts at disneyland, yet they didn't get thrown out?

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 7:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Metal kitten writes:

Disney has a right to censor, but it is really sh**ty that they would let tickets go on sale and then pressure people. If they'd just nixed it from the beginning then it would have been fine. Disney is what it is. Why should I care if they want to decide what does or does not play on their property?

# Sep 11, 2007 @ 5:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Diamond Oz writes:

I never called them hypocrites for making the Donald Duck Nazi cartoon. I'm well aware it's propaganda. However, I doubt that back then, every kid knew who Hitler and Mussolini were so no doubt there were some kids giving the salute and saying "Heil Hitler" in a Donald Duck voice... at least it'd be funny if there were. All this Disney talk is giving me an urge to watch the Lion King now.

# Sep 11, 2007 @ 6:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. po'd writes:

heres the deal. disney does not own hob. hob pays rent to be on their property, there is a gag order that restricts hob employees saying disney is cancelling the shows, they are taking money from bartenders,bouncers and other hob employees who need these concerts to survive,these bands have played the venues on disney property before which automatically makes this discriminatory, not to mention that disney caters to gay week in orlando,which i find "undesireable"

# Sep 14, 2007 @ 5:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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