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Master Cancels U.S. Tour Dates After Being Denied Entry To The Country

Death metal act Master, which was scheduled to kick off a U.S. tour this week with support from Lightning Swords of Death and Mobile Deathcamp, was denied entry into the country and forced to return to the Czech Republic.

Master main man Paul Speckmann issued the following statement:

"We arrived Tuesday morning in Holland and after intense questioning we proceeded to the eye and body scan machine. Along with the other passengers, we proceeded to the plane. We arrived in Detroit and went to passport control. I waited for about two hours for any word on the guys. The police came to explain that the visa waiver program didn’t apply to musicians. So they sent me to customs and proceeded to tear apart everything and sent me on my way. I waited for six hours to get on another airplane and return to Europe.

"Thankfully the lady at the Delta checkout counter was very helpful and confirmed that the guys would be on the next plane in the evening and I could return with them. The guys were escorted to the plane by four police officers and returned their passports when we arrived in Amsterdam. Since when are musicians and terrorists in the same category? Again I apologize to all the bands, organizers and fans of course. I guess the CD cover of the Human Machine CD has become a reality!”

Additional information on rescheduled dates and whether the supporting bands will be continuing the tour will be announced as details become available.

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1. R Tenney writes:

This sucks! Was gonna go to the Boston show. More and more Eropean bands are being denied entry into this country under new Patriot Act:immigration rules. This happened to Hypocrisy too. Killing tours! Anyways happy 25th to Master of Puppets! NP:Battery Metallica

# Mar 3, 2011 @ 5:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. silvermountains writes:

US Customs I respect, but this happening constantly is something they need to fix. They had to cancel an entire tour!!! No wonder bands play in Europe. i should move to Europe.

# Mar 3, 2011 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Cynic writes:

Yeah this pops up way too many times for fans and the worst thing is it seems the bands never know until they're flying to the country to actually tour. Cradle of Filth, Deicide and heaps more have had the exact same problem.

# Mar 3, 2011 @ 10:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. R Tenney writes:

It seems to happen mostly in States Cynic. Especially in last few years. Countless bands have been turned away;which really kills tours. That Hypocrisy instance I remember well because I had advance tickets. Alexi of Children of Bodom was supposed to tour with Hypocrisy as second guitarist. I got stuck eating ticket. They had the show only without Hypocrisy.

# Mar 3, 2011 @ 10:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. silvermountains writes:

But how could of this happend? They're from Chicago? American Passports would have gotten them in....right?

# Mar 4, 2011 @ 12:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. R Tenney writes:

Founding member Speck is originally from Chicago. Moved to Czech Republic. Is no longer a US citizen I believe.

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