TAAKE was scheduled to kick off their North American tour next month in New York City, but due to previous accusations of Nazism and pressure from groups like New York City Antifa, their show at Le Poisson Rouge has been cancelled.
Following the cancellation of the New York show by the venue, band mainman Hoest has issued the following statement: “I have clearly explained many times throughout the years that me wearing a swastika once at a German concert was not at all meant to show support for the n*zi ideology. It was all about doing something extreme for the sake of it, which certainly backfired.
“But it has now been 11 years and the band has even performed in Israel (!) Anyway, similar incidents have not happened in TAAKE’s 25 year long career and will obviously not happen again. But certain parties seem to find this cold case unforgivable nevertheless, insisting on wilful misunderstanding. So, once and for all, Taake is not a racist band. Never has been, never will be. Still claiming so is as ridiculous and unfounded as are the attempts at sabotaging our highly anticipated shows.”