'spill The Blood' Band Slayer Pulls Out Of Christchurch Concert
Slayer is booked to perform in Christchurch on Sunday.
Slayer, a band whose songs include Kill Again, Spill the Blood, and Raining Blood, has pulled the plug on its Christchurch show at Horncastle Arena on Sunday.
The decision was announced by VBase Board chairman Tim Scandrett in a Facebook post.
Scandrett said the concert was cancelled after talks with the police and the Christchurch City Council.
"The advice we have received is too compelling to ignore," he said.
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"We understand fans may be disappointed, however, we feel that [cancelling] it is in the best interest for the safety and wellbeing of the public after the tragic events which unfolded across our city 24 hours ago."
The decision took hours to make. Fans were becoming increasingly frustrated, demanding to know whether to cancel travel and accommodation bookings.
Others said they understood the decision.
One commenter said: "Could there be a worse named band booked in Christchurch this weekend?"
Another said: "As a ticket holder I think it will be disappointing, but totally respectful for you to cancel the show. There will no doubt be some Nazi sympathisers there. I personally will not attend now. Hopefully Slayer will return later in the year when this tragedy is not so fresh. My heart goes out to the victims and their families."
The show would have occurred just one kilometre away from the mosque in Deans Ave, where a gunman killed dozens of Muslims on Friday.
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams had already pulled out of his Sunday show at Hagley Park.
It would have been a controversial concert for Slayer, one of the world's big four thrash metal bands.
It has been attacked in the past by some for songs that reference Nazism, white supremacy and serial killings.
Its albums include titles as Angel of Death, Hell Awaits, God Hates Us All and Reign in Blood.
Revolver music magazine recently listed some of the band's most controversial moments, which included referencing Nazism in lyrics and artwork.
Revolver said Geffen Records dropped the band over the album Angel of Death, which was inspired by notorious Auschwitz concentration camp physician Josef Mengele.
A white supremacy controversy erupted when the band covered the band Minor Threat's song Guilty of Being White.The song was already controversial because some considered it a pro-white anthem.
Slayer created more controversy by changing the song's final cry of "guilty of being white" to "guilty of being right". The band admitted it was over-the-top but said it was tongue-in-cheek.