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Live Nation kills Death Lyrics

by Jeremy Hooper

Score one for "pro-life" gays:

GLNLive Nation Cancels Performer Who Calls for Killing Gays

Late yesterday afternoon huge concert promoter Live Nation announced that it was canceling all its concerts with "kill gays" performer Buju Banton. This includes House of Blues concerts previously scheduled for Chicago (10/2), Las Vegas (10/15), Dallas (10/20) and Houston (10/22).

In early August, Chicago's Gay Liberation Network initiated a campaign for Live Nation and other concert promoters to cancel Buju Banton concerts because the performer calls for killing Lesbians and Gays in the lyrics of his songs.

"Live Nation, owner of four House of Blues locations at which 'kill gays' singer Buju Banton was scheduled to appear, has done the right thing and canceled the hate monger," said Bob Schwartz of Chicago's Gay Liberation Network. "These cancellations show the power of protest to deliver the goods," said Schwartz, who has led several protests against "murder music" performers over the years.

Schwartz had written Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino to demand that Banton not be rewarded with bookings for advocating the murder of lesbians and gay men. "We first wrote Live Nation several years ago following their purchase of House of Blues to alert them to the Jamaican Reggae 'Dancehall' singers who advocated killing gays, and had thought we wouldn't have to go down this road again. We hope they have finally gotten the message," said Schwartz.
Gay Liberation Network

Modern culture has certainly proven that you can massacre tone, pitch, and pleasant vocal styling and still keep gigging. But you simply cannot sing about killing people and get away scott free. The former might make one's ears bleed, but it's the latter's potential for literal blood that constitutes an inarguable crossed line!

So yea -- good work, GLN, for keeping this alive (no pun intended). Good work, Live Nation, for getting why this is a problem.

**MORE: GLN is still on this, focusing on many other Banton concerts that are still a go:

While the Live Nation House of Blues cancellations are an important victory over Buju Banton, gay activists say that there is plenty still to be done. Other concert promoters are still going ahead in several other cities are still sponsoring his concerts:

Philadelphia (Sept 12); Providence (Sept 15); Portland, ME (Sept 17); Revere, MA (Sept 18); Charlotte (Sept 23); Raleigh (Sept 24); Norfolk (Sept 25); Richmond, VA (Sept 26); Detroit (Sept 30); Denver (Oct 6); Aspen, CO (Oct 7); Salt Lake City (Oct 8); San Francisco (Oct 10); Tallahassee (Oct 11); Jacksonville, FL (Oct 12); San Jose, CA (Oct 13); Charleston (Oct 14); Los Angeles (Oct 14); Raleigh (Oct 15)

AEG Live is the promoter behind most of the remaining concerts on Buju Banton's U.S. tour. You can sign the LA Community Center's petition to AEG Live at the following URL
: https://secure2.convio.net/laglc/site/SPageServer?pagename=Stop_Hate_Lyrics

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"Late yesterday afternoon huge concert promoter Live Nation announced that it was canceling all its concerts with "kill gays" performer Buju Banton."

I wonder how soon someone will declare that Live Nation has caved in to the radical homosexual agenda? Or maybe this potato is too hot for even Peter LaBarbera to throw around in public.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Aug 28, 2009 9:58:38 AM

AEGLive seems to have pulled the plug too!


Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 28, 2009 1:15:48 PM

Rev. Anderson will be SO disappointed.

Posted by: Bill S | Aug 28, 2009 4:46:12 PM

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