Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Comments on Canadian Venue Tax

Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe is very vocal, and not just because he is a frontman. The opinionated musician has taken to Instagram, his preferred method of social media communication and the same place in which he documented his trials and tribulations while imprisoned in the Czech Republic last year, to comment on the Canadian venue tax that has musicians and promoters up in arms.The Canadian government has passed a new regulation where, as of July 31 of this year, certain venues will be taxed for booking non-Canadian artists to perform.Venues who have a primary business unrelated to music, such as bars and cafes, must pay an application fee of $275 per musician and crew member (tour manager, merch girl, guitar tech) per booking at that particular establishment. An additional fee of $150 for each approved permit for musicians and crew is added on. The old fee was $150 per person, topping out at $450, and that cost could be shared and divided by venues across the country.The fees are outrageous and certainly threaten the idea of smaller bookings at non-traditional locations in our neighbor to the north. You can read more about the fees here. Additionally,Below is Blythe’s commentary on the situation and how it affects bands. He points out that a band of LoG’s stature will not feel the pinch of this regulation, but others will, and Blythe feels for them.

"For some insane reason the Canadian government has decided to enact absolutely ridiculous fees for foreign touring acts to enter their country. To tell you the truth, this will not affect a band the size of lamb of god that much- promoters make enough money off of us to figure this expense into the cost of bringing us to Canada- we do very well there, & fill every venue we play.But for smaller acts who wish to tour Canada, those just getting their start, this will make it absolutely impossible- smaller booking agents can’t afford $425 per band member per show to bring in acts from outside Canada.I have absolutely no idea why they would do this, since touring bands already have to pay taxes out the wazoo in Canada anyway. Now they will not be able to come, the venues lose money, the fans don’t get to see shows, the businesses around the venues lose money, the government will get NO TAX instead of their normal cut from touring artists, & most important the music & arts scene suffers. WTF? It makes zero sense.If yer Canadian, you might want to check out this petition one of your countrymen started.

Source: Noise Creep 

AMON AMARTH: Deceiver of the Gods European headline tour announced!

Very special guest CARCASS on all dates!Swedish melodic death metal outfit AMON AMARTH has announced that they will be embarking on a headline tour of Europe this November and December in support of their newly released studio album “Deceiver of The Gods.” Very special guest on all dates will be the legendary CARCASS with additional support from HELL.
Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg: “Get ready Europe ’cause we are going on our first head-line tour in about two years, supporting our new album ‘Deceiver of the Gods’! We’re extremely proud to announce Death Metal legends CARCASS as main support, and Britain’s most splendid madmen in HELL as opening act! It’s time to burn, pillage and plunder across Europe with the most crushing tour package ever!”CARCASS’s Jeff Walker comments, “CARCASS is extremely flattered & honoured having been press ganged by invitation into thralldom supporting everyone’s favourite Nordic Musical Corsairs AMON AMARTH. Lock up your daughters, your mothers, your grandmothers and in the case of CARCASS your dead grandmothers – this tour is coming to rape & pillage your hearing. …and leave you in the morning having made you breakfast in bed.”AMON AMARTH+ CARCASS
07/11/13 DE – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
08/11/13 NL – Tilburg – 013
09/11/13 DE – Osnabrück – Hyde Park
10/11/13 BE – Brussels – AB
12/11/13 UK – Birmingham – Academy *
13/11/13 UK – Manchester – Academy *
14/11/13 UK – Glasgow – Barrowland *
15/11/13 UK – Bristol – Academy *
17/11/13 UK – London – Forum *
18/11/13 FR – Paris – Olympia
19/11/13 DE – Ludwigsburg – Arena
20/11/13 DE – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
22/11/13 CH – Zürich – Komplex
23/11/13 DE – München – Kesselhaus
24/11/13 IT – Milan – Live Club
25/11/13 AT – Wien – Gasometer
27/11/13 DE – Berlin – Columbiahalle
28/11/13 DE – Leipzig – Haus Auensee
29/11/13 DE – Hamburg – Docks
01/12/13 NO – Oslo – Rockefeller
03/12/13 SE – Gothenburg – Tradgar’n
04/12/13 DK – Copenhagen – Store Vega
06/12/13 SE – Malmö – KB
07/12/13 SE – Stockholm – Arenan
09/12/13 FI – Helsinki – Cable Factory
The release of Deceiver of the Gods, the latest studio album from Swedish melodic death metal titans, AMON AMARTH, has broken the band’s previous sales records around the world. The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band’s highest charting record to date.
In Germany, Deceiver of the Gods entered the Top 100 Chart at #3 and the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3!
Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200.
In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet.
Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, # 12 in Finland, #15 in Hungary, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic, # 50 in Belgien and # 37 in Norway.
CARCASS will release their first new studio album in seventeen years titled Surgical Steel on September 16.

Source : Metal Blade Records

Children Of Bodom Posts European Tour

After having to cancel two shows due to a health issue with front man Alexi Laiho, Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom. Despite this The biggest Children Of Bodom European Tour ever starts in 2 weeks! More than 50 dates all over Europe, who's coming?


13.09.2013 (FIN) TURKU / Logomo *
14.09.2013 (FIN) LAHTI / Sibeliustalo (Support: Tuoni)
18.09.2013 (FIN) OULU / Teatria *
19.09.2013 (FIN) SEINÄJOKI / Rytmikorjaamo *
20.09.2013 (FIN) TAMPERE / Pakkahuone *
21.09.2013 (FIN) HELSINKI / The Circus *
22.09.2013 (FIN) SAVONLINNA / Savonlinnasali (Only COB)
25.09.2013 (S) STOCKHOLM / Tyrol **
26.09.2013 (S) GOTHENBURG / Brewhouse **
27.09.2013 (N) OSLO / Rockefeller **
28.09.2013 (DK) COPENHAGEN / Amager Bio **
29.09.2013 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle **
01.10.2013 (D) COLOGNE / Live Music Hall **
02.10.2013 (D) BERLIN / Postbahnhof **
03.10.2013 (D) OSNABRÜCK / Halle Gartlage **
04.10.2013 (B) ANTWERP / Trix **
05.10.2013 (D) LEIPZIG / Werk 2 **
07.10.2013 (GB) BOURNEMOUTH / O2 Acadamy ***
08.10.2013 (GB) BRISTOL / O2 Acadamy ***
10.10.2013 (IRL) DUBLIN / Vicar Street ***
12.10.2013 (GB) SHEFFIELD / O2 Acadamy ***
13.10.2013 (GB) NEWCASTLE / O2 Acadamy ***
14.10.2013 (GB) MANCHESTER / O2 Acadamy ***
15.10.2013 (GB) LONDON / O2 Empire Shepherd´s Bush ***
17.10.2013 (D) SAARBRÜCKEN / Garage **
18.10.2013 (D) STRAUBING / Metal Invasion **
19.10.2013 (D) ALSFELD / Stadhalle **
20.10.2013 (NL) TILBURG / 013 **
21.10.2013 (D) STUTTGART / LKA Longhorn **
23.10.2013 (F) PARIS / Le Zenith ****
24.10.2013 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7 ****
26.10.2013 (E) BARCELONA / Razzmatazz 1 ****
27.10.2013 (E) MADRID / La Riviera ****
29.10.2013 (E) SEVILLA / Sala Custom ****
30.10.2013 (PT) LISBON / Paradise Garage ****
01.11.2013 (PT) PORTO / Club Hard ****
02.11.2013 (E) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / Sala Capitol ****
03.11.2013 (E) PAMPLONA / Sala Totem ****
05.11.2013 (F) TOULOUSE / Le Bikini ****
06.11.2013 (F) ISTRES / L´Usine ****
07.11.2013 (CH) LAUSANNE / Les Docks ****
08.11.2013 (I) MILAN / Live Club ****
10.11.2013 (A) VIENNA / Arena ****
12.11.2013 (RO) BUCHAREST / Turbohalle ****
13.11.2013 (BG) SOFIA / Universiada Hall ****
15.11.2013 (GR) THESSALONIKI / Principal Club ****
16.11.2013 (GR) ATHENS / Gagarin 205 ****
18.11.2013 (SRB) BELGRADE / Dom Omladine ****
19.11.2013 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / Kino Siska ****
20.11.2013 (SK) BRATISLAVA / Majestic Music Club ****
22.11.2013 (HU) BUDAPEST / Petöfi Csarnok ****
23.11.2013 (CZ) ZLIN / Winter Masters Of Rock ****
24.11.2013 (PL) CRACÓW / Klub Studio ****
25.11.2013 (PL) WARSAW / Stodola ****
27.11.2013 (LV) RIGA / Melna Piektdiena *****
29.11.2013 (EST) TALLINN / Rock Cafe *****

* special guests: FOR THE IMPERIUM and LOST SOCIETY
** special guests: INSOMNIUM and MEDEIA
*** special guests: NAPALM DEATH, INSOMNIUM and MEDEIA
**** special guests: DECAPITATED and MEDEIA
***** special guests: MEDEIA and ENDLESS PAIN

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