CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s October 5 concert at Agave in Ufa, Russia was shut down by local authorities after the club was closed for “technical reasons.” Concert organizers informed ticket holders that gig would be moved to the Gafuri Park, but two hours before scheduled showtime, it was announced that the club would not be able to use the lighting equipment because rent was not paid at the venue.
CANNIBAL CORPSE singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher said “I am saddened by the fact that the show was canceled,” in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda. “We heard that there were some technical issues but we kept the hope that the concert would go ahead. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and we are very sorry. We were ready to play. So it sucks, but we love [the fans] and we will do everything possible to come back and play a show.”
A video report from Komsomolskaya Pravda on CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s concert cancelation can be seen below.
Dmitry Tsorionov, the head of “God’s Will,” a Russian Orthodox social movement, last month implored authorities in the country to cancel CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s tour, saying the musicians violate Russia’s anti-blasphemy law. You can read more about that here.
One month earlier, Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH had their concerts in Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar canceled following a string of protests by Christian activists.