Neo-Nazi Band's West Side Appearance Canceled
By Joseph Erbentraut in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 18, 2009 4:40PM
Bad news for any fans of the band Evil Incarnate reading the site: Their appearance at the West Side's White Star Lounge as part of the End of Days Fest, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled under threats of protest from area activists. Chicago organizations Gay Liberation Network (GLN) and Anti-Racist Action had planned to protest Saturday's concert in response to the band's decidedly racist, anti-gay lyrical content, such as the song "Killer of F----ts" released on a compilation titled "Smashing Rainbows: Rock Against Homosexuality" last year:
"N----r lovers and f----ts / Bullets in your head / N----r lovers and f----ts / Now you're [sic] dead ... Bombing the f----ts into oblivion / Bombing the n----rs into oblivion"
“I myself am Mexican,” said the concert's promoter, Renato Brierio, to the protest organizers. “I don’t appreciate that kind of racist or anti-homosexual b.s ... I have removed EVIL INCARNATE from the Festival, they have officially announced that they are NOT playing this fest. Their ideology ... DOES NOT represent the views and opinions of ANYONE at White Star or any of the other bands.”
"Activism - getting involved in your community - has once again won an important pro-gay victory," said GLN co-founder Andy Thayer of the news.
The GLN launched a similar campaign late this summer against a planned performance by Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton at Chicago's House of Blues on October 1. In one of Banton's songs - "Boom, Bye Bye" - the singer proclaims "haffi dead" (or "gays must die"). Live Nation canceled the appearance along with a number of shows in other cities. The performer was back in the news when he was arrested earlier this month in Miami for possession with intent to distribute a crack load - 5 kilos - of cocaine.