Live Nation Boycotts Russia; Slipknot Postpone Upcoming Shows In The Region, Iron Maiden’s Are Canceled
At this point, one should immediately assume that all bands planning to play Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus are sitting out of those dates. That said, metal bands are known for being intrepid in these situations, and will often play in locales that feel unsafe to others. However, now Live Nation has revealed that they’ve boycotted Russia, forcing two of metal’s biggest bands — NWOBHM legends Iron Maiden and nine-headed sex hydra Slipknot — to cancel and postpone dates in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.
In a statement reported on by Deadline, Live Nation said the following:
“Live Nation joins the world in strongly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We will not promote shows in Russia, and we will not do business with Russia. We’re in the process of reviewing our vendors so we can cease work with any and all Russian-based suppliers.”
Slipknot announced their postponement via their Twitter, writing:
“Unfortunately we will be postponing our Kyiv, Moscow, and Minsk performances. New dates will be forthcoming.
“We had looked forward to reuniting with our fans in these incredible cities, coming back together after global lockdown. But we take this step in support of our community and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, for whom the struggle continues, in a new and more terrible form. We also acknowledge that our Russian and Belarusian fans are overwhelmingly united with the Ukrainians in their fight for peace.
“The safety and well-being of our global families is, and always will be, our top priority.”
Iron Maiden, meanwhile, have had their shows full-on canceled, writing on their Twitter:
“We are very sorry to announce that due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the promoters have cancelled the two Iron Maiden shows scheduled for May 29th in Kyiv and June 1st in Moscow on the 2022 Legacy Of The Beast World Tour.
“Ticket-holders for both shows will be informed by the respective promoters on refunds at the appropriate time.
“Our priority is, and will always be, the safety of our fans.”
While this is obviously a bummer for fans in these regions, it’s pretty understandable why these concerts can’t go on as planned, especially with the Live Nation boycott.
Everyone at MetalSucks sends their heart out to those caught in this terrible conflict, and wishes them safety and security.