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Alestorm Kicked Off Paganfest Tour For Anti-Viking Remarks; Ensiferum To Replace

Scottish pirate act Alestorm was kicked off the current Paganfest America tour for comments made by singer Christopher Bowes during the band's sold out performance at the Gramercy Tavern in New York City Saturday evening.

Just prior to the band's performance of "Back Through Time," Bowes stated the following:

"How many people here like Vikings?" Hearing a mixed crowd reaction, Bowes went on to say: "Well, later tonight you going to meet some from Finland, so we hope you join us in going 'back in time' to keelhaul those red faced bastards and shoot out the one good eye of their fake god Odin!" The band proceeded to rouse the crowd into a chants of "Vikings suck" and "Less war....more whores."

Early this morning, Turisas posted the following on its official website: "Due to personal and safety reasons, Alestorm has pulled out of the current Paganfest tour. We are happy to announce that country mates Ensiferum have agreed to break from the studio work and join us starting with the show this evening in Montreal."

Alestorm responded with a post on the band's Facebook Page which read "Bad news guys :(. Fucking vikings and their bullshit."

The remaining dates of the tour include the following:

Paganfest w/Turisas, Ensiferum, Arkona & Huntress

4/1 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda **PaganFest with EX DEO**
4/2 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House **PaganFest with EX DEO**
4/3 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/4 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
4/5 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
4/6 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/7 - Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
4/8 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/9 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/11 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/12 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
4/13 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis
4/15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/16 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/17 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
4/19 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live

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17 Comments on "Alestorm Kicked Off Paganfest Tour"

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1. dmasa writes:

Wtf did I just read?

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2. guy writes:

April fools?

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 11:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. skime writes:

Nice joke masters. ;->;

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. poetsgrandaughter writes:

I really, really hope that this is an April Fool's joke.

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 2:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Derp writes:

Don't care if it's an april fools or not: Classic Alestorm.

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 2:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Grogboy writes:

Vikings are just wanna be Pirates anyway... who cares?

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 10:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. setsailandconquer writes:

while i believe the stunt that got them 'banned', i don't believe it actually got them banned.

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 11:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. greg writes:

its bull i just watched alestorm live in montreal tonight. he did say the viking sucks bit

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 12:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. PraiseTheLard writes:

Bullsh**, happy I didn't get tickets for the Toronto date.

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 1:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. BARON BLOOD writes:

they sure were in MONTREAL playing.....i was there.

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 7:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. thijscoman writes:

why the hell would they even be mad because of some anti-viking remarks? since when does paganism has anything to do with vikings?

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 10:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Pajanto writes:

Definition of Paganism:
"any of various religions other than Christianity or Judaism or Islamism."

"shoot out the one good eye of their fake god Odin!"

I don't see ANY connection between this god business and religion. Gosh.

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 10:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Shredder dude writes:

This is some Jucie information..If this istrue Alestorm shouldnt have said anything about Vikings since they have bigger muscles and bigger p***ses to kick their a$$ :)

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 11:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. atrox.futurus writes:

Definition of: Pirate - noun - a person who robs or commits illegal violence at sea or on the shores of the sea.

Sounds an awful lot like a viking to me. How about all you milk drinkers chill out, stop with the damn bashing, and f***ing mosh?

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Jigenuck writes:

This was really a good one!! Some people went to the show in Montreal with the Ensiferum shirts and were saying that Alestorm had been replace by them!!

# Apr 3, 2012 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. OverkillExposure writes:

I was at the MTL show. It's true; there were a TON of Ensiferum shirts.

# Apr 3, 2012 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. CROMCarl writes:

HAHAHA - Captain Bowes strikes again!

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