Dead Kennedys Decline Silver Bullet, L.A. Show

Published: 2005-10-11
Eighties punk rock band the Dead Kennedys, known for its left wing politics, has pulled out of a show in Los Angeles for political reasons.

The San Francisco band withdrew from the "Waking the Dead" show at LA's Grand Olympic Auditorium after discovering that Coors beer company would be a corporate sponsor.
"Dead Kennedys have decided to pull out of the show for political reasons," the band announced Thursday on its official website, "as the band was not informed that there would be corporate sponsors when they agreed to play the show and were specifically unaware that Coors would be a major sponsor until advertisements for the show appeared in LA Weekly. Dead Kennedys immediately contacted the organizers of the event to object to and discuss the removal of Coors' sponsorship, but a suitable arrangement could not be made."

The band continued its explanation by urging their fans to Google the beer company. According to the Dead Kennedys, Coors has funded right-wing organizations "such as the Nicaraguan Contras, the anti-gay Moral Majority, and the notoriously anti-punk Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC)."

"Dead Kennedys have always been wary of corporate sponsorship," guitarist East Bay Ray commented, adding that band members "steer clear of lending our name to promote a product."

The cancelled LA date would've been the first of a string of American dates for the group. The band played in Toronto, Montreal, and London in August.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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