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Skeletonwitch banned by Disney World; Ohio metal band deemed ‘unfit to be associated with’ Mickey Mouse

 

Skeletonwitch is not welcome at the House of Mouse. Disney has booted the Ohio thrash metal band from a show at Downtown Disney’s House of Blues on January 27, deeming them “unfit to be associated” with the family fun park. But get this! First, the HOB isn’t really a part of the Disney World park; it’s located in a Orlando shopping and entertainment district under the Disney Resort umbrella network and caters to adults and old people. And secondly, Disney is allowing Skeletonwitch tour mates Enslaved and Amon Amarth to remain on the show. Well, it’s clear we now know who is the most metal on this winter tour.

The ‘Witch will now play a gig in Jacksonville instead, and join a growing list that includes Machine Head, Gallows, and Exodus as metal bands banned from Disney’s empire. Talk about Goofy.

Consequence of Sound’s Rock It Out blog caught up with Skeletonwitch guitarist Scott Hedrick on Wednesday to discuss the incident. The video is posted above, and the interview kicks in at the 3:35 mark. “They’re booking metal show there which is great; and, I mean why are you bringing that type of show there if you then are that worried about it being deemed unfit?” Hedrick tells CoS. “It seems kinda reductive to book these shows and then split hairs about which evil dark heavy metal band can play and which one can’t. Don’t book those types of shows if you’re keep having to cut people off the bills.”

 
 

Hedrick seems pretty amused by the entire situation, and the Rock It Out host said the Orlando House of Blues had no comment on the cancellation.

Skeletonwitch hit the road with Black Dahlia Murder for the rest of 2013, and new record Serpents Unleashed drops October 29 on Prosthetic. Here’s their full tour itinerary; they’re at Boston’s House of Blues on February 1.

10/14 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre #
10/23 Athens, OH – The Union (record release show)
10/24 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Concert Club ^
10/25 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club ^
10/26 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^
10/27 Pawtucket, RI – The Met ^
10/28 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^
10/29 Quebec City. QC – Le Cercle ^
10/30 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe ^
10/31 Ottawa, ON – Ritual ^
11/1 London, ON – Rum Runners ^
11/2 Toronto, ON – Mod Club ^
11/4 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks ^
11/6 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre ^
11/7 Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub ^
11/8 Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre ^
11/9 Calgary, AB – The Den ^
11/11 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret ^
11/12 Spokane, WA – The Center ^
11/13 Eugene, OR -WOW Hall ^
11/14 South Lake Tahoe, CA – Whiskey Dick’s Saloon ^
11/15 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s ^
11/16 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse ^
11/17 Tucson, AZ – The Rock ^
11/18 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^
11/19 Odessa, TX – Club Patron ^
11/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory &
11/21 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom &
11/22 St. Louis, MO – Firebird &
11/23 Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose &
11/24 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre &
11/25 Joliet, IL – Mojoes of Joliet &
11/26 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection &
11/27 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop &
1/17/14 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues *
1/18/14 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
1/20/14 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *
1/21/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
1/22/14 Houston, TX – House of Blues *
1/23/14 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
1/24/14 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
1/25/14 Tampa, FL – The Ritz *
1/26/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution *
1/27/14 Jacksonville, FL – VENUE TBA
1/29/14 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore *
1/30/14 Norflok, VA – The NorVA *
1/31/14 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
2/01/14 Boston, MA – House of Blues *
2/03/14 Philadelphia, PA – TLA *
2/04/14 New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
2/07/14 Chicago, IL – House of Blues *
2/08/14 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights *
2/09/14 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
2/11/14 Denver, CO – Summit Tree *
2/12/14 Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theater *
2/14/14 San Francisco, CA – The Regency *
2/15/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
2/16/14 San Diego, CA – House of Blues %
# with Ghost B.C.
^ with The Black Dahlia Murder & Fallujah & Noisem
& with The Black Dahlia Murder & Fallujah & Wolvhammer
* with Amon Amarth & Enslaved
% with Enslaved

 
 

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