As I Lay Dying And Pentagram Shows In Memphis Cancelled After Uproar

Memphis, Tennessee based venue Growlers has announced that they have decided to cancel an upcoming concert by the reactivated As I Lay Dying, after a number of patrons, friends and local acts spoke out against the band’s vocalist Tim Lambesis, who previously was incarcerated for attempting to arrange the murder of his wife. A statement from the venue reads:

“After hearing the combined voice of disheartened friends, local bands, and patrons, locally owned concert venue and bar, Growlers, has cancelled their scheduled show with As I Lay Dying, previously set for April 5th, and will replace it with a local show to benefit victims of domestic violence. Growlers has also canceled a show with the band Pentagram, previously set for March 24th.

“In 2014, Tim Lambesis, singer of metal band As I Lay Dying, was sentenced to up to six years in prison after being convicted of hiring someone to kill his wife. While the plot never unfolded, Lambesis spent the next two years of his life incarcerated. Just a couple of years later, and he’s back on stage, but with a remorseful attitude.

“From Lambesis, “I stand against who I became in my past… People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life’s work is to undo the hurt I’ve caused. I will never be able to undo my greatest mistake, but I believe it’s better to do something rather than give up. AILD collectively condemns all forms of domestic abuse and violence. Our mission is to continually seek and implement ways to facilitate positive, meaningful change in the world around us.”

“However, not everyone was ready to give Lambesis a second chance, and Growlers has created controversy in Memphis for booking his band in Memphis.

“While we believe in the justice system and the ability for rehabilitation, we are against domestic violence and will always listen to those that have gone through the pain that it has caused. Since As I Lay Dying returned to performing we’d had several requests to bring them to Memphis, despite the singer’s past. When the show was first announced, hundreds of people bought tickets right away. However, we’ve since heard the input of several people in the local community that we have the utmost respect for, and we want them to know that their voices are heard. Growler’s vehemently denounces all forms of physical and mental domestic abuse, and we’ll be replacing the As I Lay Dying show with a benefit show featuring all local bands. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping local victims of domestic abuse.”

“As a locally owned small business, supporting our community is the single most
important thing to us. In this instance, we’ve heard the community loud and clear, and we are going to do everything we can to ensure that we continue forward in providing an enjoyable entertaining environment that all of our patrons feel comfortable in. And to the people who’s comments were erased we sincerely apologize, just know we stand with you.”

Pentagram’s touring plans have also been met with controversy following the release of frontman Bobby Liebling from Montgomery County Detention Center, where he was serving an eighteen month sentence after pleading guilty to “abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult custodian,” who is believed to have been his elderly mother.

Post to Twitter

Cannabis Corpse December U.S. Tour Announced

Cannabis Corpse announce the dates for their December U.S. tour. A video trailer for that run can be seen below:

Below’s where that trek will hit:

12/8 Huntington, WV – V Club
12/9 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
12/10 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
12/11 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle
12/12 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
12/13 Memphis, TN – Growlers
12/14 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
12/15 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
12/16 Austin, TX – The Lost Well
12/17 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
12/18 New Orleans, LA – Santos
12/19 Atlanta, GA – 529
12/20 Raleigh, NC – Maywood

Post to Twitter

Goatwhore, Cloak & Great American Ghost December Mini-Tour Announced

Goatwhore announce some shows in December with Cloak and Great American Ghost after wrapping up their headlining run on this year’s ‘Metal Alliance Tour‘. Below’s where the trek will hit:

12/01 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
12/02 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
12/03 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
12/04 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
12/05 Memphis, TN – Growlers

Post to Twitter