Metal Band Banned in Tupelo, Miss.


ANA KEFR “discriminated against” in effort to perform
at disaster relief benefit concert.


By Blurt Staff


Last week Los Angeles extreme progressive metal band ANA KEFR (Arabic, meaning “I am
Infidel”) had to cancel the Tupelo, Mississippi date on their upcoming US
national tour supporting their recent album The
Burial Tree II
due to what the band describes as “discrimination.”
Apparently the group was slated to play a disaster relief benefit on Oct. 11
(along with several other bands) but complaints from the Bible Belt-based
community about their presence on the bill prompted the pullout.


ANA KEFR says that
its music is “complemented by lyrical themes of militant atheism and
humanist philosophy” but was deemed “unwelcome by venues local to Tupelo.”

In a statement, frontman Rhiis D. Lopez commented, “We’re seriously disappointed that
we’ve been forced to re-schedule our October 11 date in Tupelo, and apologize to fans who were
planning to attend. This was to be a benefit show, organized by a local
non-profit organization to raise relief funds for victims of natural disasters
in Mississippi.
There were 3 other bands scheduled to support us on the show and now all 4
bands have found themselves shut out from the opportunity. Apparently, to the
owner of Good Time Charlie’s and numerous others who flooded the promoter with
hate and intolerance on our account, aiding victims of natural disasters is
trumped by whether or not one believes in their merciful and benevolent
religion. Their vicious stupidity only further strengthens and reinforces the
truth of the band, and it is a
shame that faith must come before charity and philanthropy.”


Of the tour, which
now includes a rescheduled Oct. 11 show, Lopez added, “We are
looking forward to our first U.S.
national tour, and can’t wait to meet and make new fans and friends. To our
fans in Tupelo
– one way or another, we can and will overcome this. See you all on the

New tour dates:
October 5 – Phoenix, AZ – Chaser’s
October 6 – Austin, TX – Headhunter’s
October 7 – Jackson, MS – Sam’s Lounge
October 8 – New Orleans, LA – Checkpoint Charlie
October 9 – Metairie, LA – Babylon
October 11 – Miami, FL – Churchill’s
October 12 – Panama City, FL – C-Level
October 13 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick
October 14 – Atlanta, GA – The Little Tree
October 15 – Columbia, SC – Outt Saloon
October 16 – Charlotte, NC – The Bonu5 Room
October 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Pounder’s
October 21 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
October 22 – Ithaca, NY – WVBR radio show
October 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
October 25 – St. Joseph, MO – Rock n Metal Room
October 26 – Wichita, KS – Kirby’s Beer Room
October 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – 5 Monkeys
October 28 – Seattle, WA – The Backstage Bar
October 29 – Portland, OR – Black Forest
October 30 – Seattle, WA – The Fun-house
November 1 – Portland, OR – Saratoga
November 2 – Fresno, CA – Babylon
November 4 – San Diego, CA – Kensington Club
November 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go-Go


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