As I Lay Dying Show Canceled Due to Outcry Against Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying faced an uphill battle after reuniting with singer Tim Lambesis and not everyone is ready to move on though the singer completed his jail sentence for soliciting a hitman to kill his wife. Though the band has resumed touring over this past year, they will not be able to play a previously scheduled show in Memphis after a local venue that had booked them is canceling their show due to public outcry.
The locally owned concert venue Growlers has revealed that they will cancel the band's April 5 show, with plans to replace it with a local show to benefit victims of domestic abuse.
“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,” reveals a statement from the venue.
The statement continues, “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. ”
Lambesis has been remorseful and apologetic for his past actions since his release from prison. “I stand against who I became in my past," said the singer in a statement last year. "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.”
In addition to the As I Lay Dying cancellation, the venue also announced that they had canceled a show with the group Pentagram set for March 24. The venue also placed a link for donations to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at the conclusion of their statement revealing the concert cancellations.
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