Filter Cancel Concert Due to Death Threats
According to Filter's official Facebook page, the band has cancelled a show scheduled for tonight in Gothenburg, Sweden after receiving death threats.
"Filter just received a death threat at the club tonight. We will not be performing," reads the tersely worded statement. The hard rock group, best known for their 1995 single "Hey Man Nice Shot," are in the midst of a tour entitled Make Europe Great Again, in support of their most recent release and 11th studio album, Crazy Eyes.
Prior to this announcement, the band had posted a handful of tweets promoting tonight's show while offering support for the victims of this weekend's nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. In a Facebook post yesterday, the group expanded those thoughts, declaring that their "hearts go out to all those who suffer hate crimes and now terror attacks in the LGBTQ community."
They also posted a link to the band's performance of the Crazy Eyes song "Pride Flag," taken from their appearance at the Carolina Rebellion festival in North Carolina, and introduced as a protest of the state's controversial HB2 "bathroom bill."
Filter was formed by former Nine Inch Nails touring guitarist Richard Patrick and guitarist / programmer Brian Liesengang in 1993. The latter left the group two years after the platinum success of "Hey Man Nice Shot" and their debut album Short Bus. Patrick has remained the group's leader, and also teamed up with Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots to form the supergroup Army of Anyone, who released their sole, self-titled album in 2000.
We will have more details on this story as they become available.