Bring Me The Horizon Cancel Shows in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine
Russia’s ongoing invasion in Ukraine has inspired action among many of rock and metal’s renowned acts. Russian punk activists Pussy Riot launched an NFT campaign, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider gave Ukrainians his full permission to blast “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as their rallying cry, and current and former members of Polish death metal band Decapitated are handing out supplies at the border between Ukraine and Poland. Now, British former deathcore act Bring Me The Horizon have announced that they’ll be canceling their shows in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, and will be “using [their] platform and voice to do what [they] can to support Ukraine.”
Bring Me The Horizon issued the statement below via their social media:
“In solidarity with Ukraine and to stand against the atrocities being committed by Russian leadership, we must cancel our forthcoming dates in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
“Ukraine is an incredibly special place for us. We have toured and made numerous music videos there, making lots of strong bonds and lifelong friendships. We are in awe of the bravery demonstrated right now by the Ukrainian people, and we pray for a return to peace as soon as possible.
“Russia, we also want to acknowledge that the atrocities being committed by Russian leadership does not reflect the ideals or beliefs of the incredible people we have met there.
“We will be using our platform and voice to do what we can to support Ukraine in these incredibly difficult times.”
This is obviously very smart phrasing on Bring Me The Horizon’s part. A huge aspect of this conflict and the public outcry about it so far has been separating the Russian people, many of whom are vehemently against the invasion of Ukraine, from the megalomaniacal bastard who’s their current leader.
More on how Bring Me The Horizon plan to help Ukraine as we know about it..