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Motorhead Wine Banned in Iceland

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Icelandic fans of Motorhead and booze will no longer be able to satisfy both urges at once, as their sole alcohol retailer has banned the British hard rock band’s brand of wine due to issues with it’s name.

According to a new report by IceNews, AVTR, Iceland’s alcohol retail monopoly, is refusing to distribute Motorhead Shiraz brand wine. The retailer dislikes that the name “Motorhead” is a nod to amphetamine abuse and that the band writes songs about war, unsafe sex, and drugs but their main reason for banning the wine was that the “branding does inevitably promote an unhealthy lifestyle.” And we all know how concerned alcohol companies are with promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The wine’s importer has filed an appeal with the parliamentary ombudsman with hopes that the decision will be overturned. The ban by the retailer is not an outright death sentence though, the importer is legally allowed to deal directly with bars, restaurants and cafes. There is no word as to what type of precedent AVTR’s decision sets in regards to other band-branded wines from AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and others.

This could all be sorted out rather quickly if Lemmy Kilmister paid a visit to the retailer — nobody says “No” to the ‘Ace of Spades’ from fear that they may be ‘Killed by Death.’ Unfortunately that will have to wait, as Motorhead is currently on the road with Megadeth, Lacuna Coil, and Volbeat as part of Gigantour.

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