Machine Head Banned From Orlando, Florida ‘House of Blues’ by Walt Disney Company
Machine Head are currently on tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and the Black Dahlia Murder. With a lineup that is sure to both draw and excite metalheads, one unfortunate part of the United States is going to miss out on the full show, as Machine Head have been banned from ever performing on property owned by the Disney corporation. Thus, the Orlando, Fla. stop of the tour on Dec. 4 will be Machine Head-less.
In 2007, Walt Disney Properties banned Machine Head from the 'House of Blues' venues in both Anaheim, Calif., and Orlando, the respective cities that are home to Disneyland and Disney World. Machine Head were banned by the company to due the band's "violent imagery," "inflammatory lyrics" and the group's "undesirable fans."
These accusations come from the company that created 'The Lion King,' which features antagonist Scar plunging his claws into his brother Mufasa's paws before allowing him to fall from a cliff only to be trampled to death by a heard of wildebeest. Disney also included the song 'Savages' in the film 'Pocahontas,' where the character Ratcliffe sings the lyrics, "They're savages! / Barely even human … Dirty redskin devils," about Native Americans.
"Violent Imagery?" Check. "Inflammatory lyrics?" Massive check.
Additionally, the entertainment company was happy to allow Motorhead to write the song 'Dog-Face Boy' for the animated film 'Bolt,' surely in an attempt to appeal to those same "undesirable fans" and lure them into movie theaters worldwide.
The band released the following statement regarding the continuation of the Disney ban:
For the third time in a row, the corporate powers behind Walt Disney Properties have once again pressured promoter Live Nation into canceling Machine Head's performance at a House of Blues venue on Disney property, this time the December 4th show in Orlando, FL.
While no one is willing to provide evidence that would prove unfavorable to Disney, sources close to events have suggested that Machine Head remains on a "banned list", and while Dethklok, All That Remains and Black Dahlia Murder will still be allowed to play, the corporate powers at Disney have refused to allow Machine Head to perform.
In 2007, Walt Disney Properties banned Machine Head from the House Of Blues venues in both Anaheim and Orlando, citing "violent imagery", "inflammatory lyrics" and most appallingly "undesirable fans" as the reason. The diversity-impaired corporation began pressuring the promoter with vague threats of liability and reduced job security before placing Machine Head under an internal "review process". Five days later, Walt Disney Properties would convey their alarming decision to the band, less than 48 hours before the first date of 2007's anti-war, anti-religion, anti-conservative-themed "The Blackening" album headline run at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA.
A stunned Machine Head announced the details and disgust regarding the situation and let fans know of the then-rescheduled show 70 miles away at The Glass House in Pomona. In retaliation for that public announcement, Disney cancelled the band's then-upcoming performance at the House Of Blues in Orlando, citing the same absurd reasons, though they would only publicly state that they had "changed musical formats" at the venue.
Machine Head wish to once again extend their gratitude to Live Nation and the House Of Blues for their poise and tolerance throughout these ridiculous developments, unbelievably transpiring here in these United States Of America in this year 2012.
As they are not on Disney property and therefore not subject to the corporation's alleged coercionary tactics, the current dates with Dethklok, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder at the Dallas and Houston House Of Blues will go on as scheduled. Unfortunately, Machine Head’s Florida performance will not be rescheduled in an effort to avoid creating any conflict with the existing dates on the tour. All refund requests will be honored.
Machine Head assure fans that all refund requests for the Dec. 4 show will be honored.