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Taake officially cancels U.S. tour

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:03 AM PT


Following numerous show cancellations due to the band's alleged association with Nazism (something the group vehemently denies), Norwegian black metal act Taake has scrapped their entire North American tour, which was scheduled to begin in March.

Taake has issued the following statement:

"It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Taake's US Tour has been cancelled. Despite all those incredible people who stepped up and tried to help us save the tour, and to whom we are more grateful than we can express, time and logistics are just not on our side. It was not our wish to cancel, but the decision was forced on us by the illegal activities of Antifa and its supporters who applied pressure on venues and promoters to cancel shows. Pressure, it has to be said, that has frequently been accompanied with threats of violence both towards those involved in the organisation and towards any fans attending (not to mention the bands who would be playing). Why these threats are not reported to the police, we don't know.

"We have explained on many, many occasions, the history behind what caused the problems, and there are plenty of articles in the unbiased press and on social media where you can read the truth of it, but just for the sake of clarity Taake is not now, has never been, and never will be a Nazi band. What we want to address here is the cancellation of the tour itself.

"This cancellation is unfortunate in many ways, not just for the bands who were going to take part. Not just for the ordinary working Americans with families to support and bills to pay who have lost much needed income because of it. Not just for the fans who wanted to see the bands. Not just for music fans in general. But, also, and more importantly, for America as a whole.

"Why? Because it is the ultimate demonstration of how, through the dissemination of lies, misinformation and unfounded accusations, along with credible threats of violence, a small minority of left wing agitators are able to force their agenda on the majority, and deprive music fans of their freedom to attend concerts and go about their day to day activities without the fear of reprisals and retaliation.

"And these agitators won't stop once they have destroyed the soft targets from Europe and other parts of the world. Their next targets will be American music, American art, American literature, American theatre, American cinema. Anything, in fact, that does not adhere strictly to their views. And if this reminds you of the McCarthy witch hunts, it is because that is EXACTLY what it is like.

"Whilst none of us blame venues for cancelling because they are afraid of violence, we do deplore the excuses presented by some of them. The desire to "protect" their audience and staff, to create "safe spaces" is not a need brought about by the bands involved, nor their fans. It is the masked thugs hiding behind the banner of Antifa and other organisations like them, who are doing all the threatening. And maybe we should also remind these venues that so many of the musical genres today exist due to those other small venues back in the day who dared stand up to threats and gave a voice to those musicians who brought us Blues and Jazz - the basis of so much of today's music.

"We would also like to speak out about celebrities like Talib Kweli, who was unfortunate enough to have allowed himself to be played by the lies spread by Antifa and who, as a result, issued statements that are libellous and slanderous. His heart may have misguidedly been in the right place, but his brain, and his legal advisors, were not. Had he bothered to check the facts he would have realised that he had put himself in a position of looking like someone who doesn't know, or understand, or even care about, all the facts, and who is easily manipulated by others to dance to their tune.

"We should also mention those members of the press who failed to fact check and did not bother to contact us, or anyone else for that matter, for our side of the story. They simply went right ahead and printed libellous statements. This is irresponsible journalism at its worst, and we can't just single out inexperienced editors of webzines. Complicit in this are long-established and (once) respected publications. Their actions show the utter contempt they have for facts and the disrespect they have for their readers.

"Ending on a positive note, we really do need thank those who stood by us, and especially the venues who refused to be cowed, and those that stepped in offering us alternatives for cancelled shows. We have had messages from all over the world, and from people of all political and religious persuasions, offering not just their support, but also offering their help. And these are not just our fans. We have been contacted by people who admit that they had never heard of us, or that they hate black metal, or that they hate Taake, but have nevertheless felt compelled to let us know of the disgust they feel at the way Antifa, and their like, demand slavish adherence to their agenda, and punish anyone who defies them, riding roughshod over the freedoms of the American people to decide for themselves.

"You, my friends, do not need to apologise for the lies and actions of a fringe group. You are the majority, you are the ones who refuse to bow your heads to those who would dictate how you live your lives, and who attempt to restrict your freedoms - you are the ones who can do something about it."


41 comments


anonymous
353 days ago
I'm incredibly horny

anonymous
353 days ago
fcking articulate as fck

353 days ago
The War against the White Man has officially begun.

anonymous
353 days ago
CHAKA MALIK HERE. TAAKE IS WELCOME TO TOUR WITH BURN IN EUROPE ANYTIME. WE DONT SUPPORT LIBTARD POLITICS.

353 days ago
Rick____tocchet

The War against the White Man has officially begun.

Naw man, that started a while ago. Shit's getting worse though.

anonymous
353 days ago
Today Taake, tomorrow you.

anonymous
353 days ago
BUILD THE WALL

anonymous
353 days ago
Cop callers

anonymous
353 days ago
are you kidding me?
GTFO of America, you goddamn Hunns.

No need to crybaby whine about violent against Nazi agitators. black metal sucks anyway.

anonymous
353 days ago
fck off ^

anonymous
353 days ago
Talib Kweli is a dumb sage

anonymous
353 days ago
I don't get Antifa, they are against oppression but they themselves oppress others of different view points. I don't even like Taake but this just sucks for extreme music in general.

anonymous
353 days ago
Well said. If this keeps up bands need to lawyer up and go after the people funding these Antifika fascists. A criminal investigation needs to be done, why wasn't the police notified? America has lost all its values and freedoms, it's really sad. It sucks that I will never get to see one of my favorite bands because of these basement dwelling keyboard warriors, who rather ruin people's lives than be productive and contribute something positive to society.

anonymous
353 days ago
interesting how the well-articulated and thought out arguments usually manifest on the one side and on the other side its sympathizers routinely engage in blind, primal violence. That seems to be the trend. Fcking left wing neanderthal savages.

anonymous
353 days ago
I need to taake a poop

anonymous
353 days ago
Emmure cannot be on this now

anonymous
353 days ago
If phil anselmo can tour the US without antigays blocking shit then why can't Taake.

bullshit x100

anonymous
353 days ago
lambgoat trolls strike again.
you are all wife beaters and H junkies. go die.

anonymous
353 days ago
Now that the Taake tour is cancelled, Antifa has officially ended racism. Good job, guys.

anonymous
353 days ago
^^ there are better ways to spend your 15min barista break than on LG boards.
Doofus

anonymous
353 days ago
lambgoat trolls strike again.
you are all wife beaters and H junkies. go die.

^^^^^^

What planet do you live on? Antifa are violent junkies with no jobs and nothing to do. The band just wants to play music.

anonymous
353 days ago
Taake chill pill and break up already.

anonymous
353 days ago
"easyhateoven
5 hours ago
Rick____tocchet

The War against the White Man has officially begun.

Naw man, that started a while ago. Shit's getting worse though."

DAE think that stopping a band that pulls like 100 people per city is a war on white dudes? you people are as dumb as antifa

anonymous
353 days ago
Nazi punx fck off! I don't know the backstory nor am I interested in fact checking this douchebag's claims about being a victim. McCarthism? Really? I have a feeling that this douche and Joe McCarth? I shall cry no tears for the nazi.

anonymous
353 days ago
first post

anonymous
353 days ago
This guys should write for Trump.

anonymous
353 days ago
Modern-day witch hunt, fueled by cultural marxism.

anonymous
353 days ago
this band is clearly a Nazi WP vehicle of hate. Re-read all of their passive aggressive propaganda and lies. What a bunch of kooks. Typical Euro trash.

anonymous
353 days ago
^ no one wants to hear barack's ideas anymore. WALL

anonymous
353 days ago
Hang it up, fool.
You're late for your white-sheet meetin'

anonymous
352 days ago
Taake a hike, sage

anonymous
352 days ago
Oooga booooga antifa kicked our tour's ass

so much for the tolerant left

anonymous
352 days ago
Who would have thought brandishing a swastika would cause so many problems.

anonymous
352 days ago
Remember, dummies: YOU did this to YOURSELVES by bearing a swastika in a juvenile attempt at being edgy and that does NOT make you a victim. You wanted to stir the pot, and you did. Unfortunately you didn't have the foresight to consider the potential consequences. Stop crying, you softies.

anonymous
352 days ago
You dont get the big picture do you little guy?^^

anonymous
352 days ago
LOL at people who want to use swastikas and not have repercussions. LOL at bands who want to create a scene, support 'free speech', then get mad when people use that speech to call for boycotts and get their bands canceled. That's free speech, you dumbass. Asking a venue to cancel your show isn't illegal. Know why it wasn't reported to the cops? Because "hey, did you know this band is racist?" isn't illegal and isn't violent. "I'm a victim!!" No you're not.

anonymous
352 days ago
^^ this guy / gal gets it.
you crybaby, closeted Trumpers need to realize there is no strength in numbers. We thinking folks see right through your WP bulls*t

anonymous
352 days ago
Bieber isn't stoked.

anonymous
352 days ago
"anonymous6 hours ago

You dont get the big picture do you little guy?^^"

^^ You're a clueless muppet. The big picture was clearly explained to you.

anonymous
352 days ago
Intentionally controversial band can't handle the results of being controversial. Snowflakes.

anonymous
350 days ago
"WAAAAAAA! I wore a Nazi swastika and got called out for it."

You deserved to have your shows cancelled, you fu ckin' idiot.