Last week Finnish black metal band Horna had several shows on their upcoming US tour cancelled due to an article posted by the online metal tabloid/shithole known as Metalsucks. MS did their usual stellar job of regurgitating widely known information (they’ve finally figured out how to use Metal Archives, apparently) and then patting themselves on the back for their hard-hitting journalism.
A common occurrence whenever one of these SKETCHY BAND RED ALERT debacles comes up is folks online thanking the venues for cancelling the shows, as if they’ve done some great service to their community.
The question I have for these people is, what in the actual fuck do you think would happen if Horna were to play in your city?
I’ll tell you exactly what would happen. The band shows up at the venue. A bunch of metalheads show up at the venue. The band plays the show. The metalheads enjoy the show, mosh and headbang, drink some booze, buy some merch. The show ends. The metalheads go home, perhaps stopping to grab a burrito on the way. The band heads to the next town.
That’s it. End of story. Horna and the metalheads who paid to see them aren’t going to march through your town with tiki torches chanting ignorant slogans at you. They’re not gonna run wild through the streets beating you up and destroying your property.
Sure, a band might be sketchy or have sketchy ties, but I’m willing to bet that for bands like Horna, Watain, Marduk and others who’ve been at the center of these recent controversies, the number of fans that are normal, well-adjusted everyday metalheads outnumber the right wing asshole fans by 100 to 1 or more. So at the end of the day, you’re not striking some great blow against the far right by getting a metal show cancelled. All you’re doing is pissing off and disappointing regular-ass metalheads that are just looking to enjoy themselves. Granted, you might also piss off one or two doughy proud boys, but is that really worth it?
Of course, you’re also potentially depriving a sketchy band of their income by getting the show cancelled, but honestly, how damaging is that really? Tours can be rerouted and shows can easily be moved to an alternate venue in the same city. This has already happened for at least one of the aforementioned Horna shows.
I’d be very interested to know what these folks think they’re accomplishing by getting shows cancelled. If you’re one of these folks, by all means sound off in the comments, because I’m truly interested in your perspective and why you take so much enjoyment out of ruining another person’s good time; that’s literally the entire scope of what you’re doing.