It’s arbitrary, it’s subjective, and it’s gotten to the point to where it’s no surprise when it happens, but once again, Disney has brought down the banhammer on a metal band. This time, it’s Warbringer, who was to have supported Meshuggah at their April 13th show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. That’s, of course, on Disneyland property. There’s no official reason as to why they band were banned, but they join others not allowed to play at the House of Blues venues in Anaheim and Orlando, Florida, which is where Disney World is. Other bands barred from playing the Disney-owned venues include letlive., Exodus, Skeletonwitch, and Machine Head. Here’s what vocalist John Kevill says about the ban on Facebook:
So a special announcement from the folks at Disney Inc,
Warbringer has been banned from the show with Meshuggah on April 13th at the House of Blues Anaheim.
The show will proceed but we won’t be on it. Our band name/image/lyrical content are somehow objectionable to proper Disney image and family values. We are not told of specifically why.
We will still appear the following day at the San Diego House of Blues as Disney has nothing to do with that one.
As the person who wrote all our lyrics, I’m not sure how anything I’ve written is worse than:
-the goose-stepping Nazi hyenas from Scar’s song in the lion king
-the racist crows in Dumbo
-Bambi in general (“Mom! Nooo!)
Remember everyone, censorship blows. Hope to see you guys’ support at the Whisky April 30th.
The Anaheim tour was to be one of only three tour dates with Meshuggah. Now there are only two.
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