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Lamb of God and Children of Bodom Cancel Tilburg Show Right Before Doors; Venue Blames Recent Terrorist Attacks

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A couple of hours ago, MetalSucks started getting e-mails and Facebook messages from disappointed fans who had tickets to tonight’s Lamb of God/Children of Bodom/Sylosis show in Tilburg, The Netherlands. It seems that the gig got cancelled… very late in the game: some of the messages say it was thirty minutes before the venue’s doors were scheduled to open, while others say it was only fifteen.

The venue, 013 Poppodium, has now released a statement regarding the cancellation:

“Unfortunately Lamb of God and Children of Bodom need to cancel tonight’s show. Because of the attacks on Paris last Friday that also took place in a music venue a lot of stress is caused for bands playing in Europe. Combined with the terrorist threat that took place in Hannover Germany last night the bands are feeling to big a pressure to give the performance the audience is used from them and have decided to cancel their shows tonight. As of now it is unknown if the bands will return for a replacement show later on.”

MetalSucks was unable to reach a European rep for Lamb of God at the time of this writing.

Some of the messages we’ve seen have expressed a lot of anger at the bands; as one fan put it, “While gigs in the rest of the country still go on, it seems like the guys who are telling me to not be scared for the last decade gave in on terror.”

I don’t think that’s fair, though. For one thing, we don’t know who made the call to pull the plug on the show — the statement above sure makes it sound like it was the bands, but for all we know, they did under the advisement of law enforcement officials.

For another thing, I love these bands as much as anyone, but no metal show is worth dying over. Would there have been a terrorist attack at the concert? Probably not. But a reasonable source convinced the bands that there was even a POSSIBILITY of violence, well… can you seriously blame for canceling?

More info as we get it…

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