Live Nation, Ticketmaster Promote Murder Music Concert Tour

Jim Burroway

August 25th, 2009

Live Nation and Ticketmaster are promoting a new concert tour by Jamaican danchall artist Buju Banton who is renowned for lyrics calling for the murder of gay people. Announced concert venues include such cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Newark, Dallas, Houston, and Las Vegas.

Buju Banton has a long history of performing songs advocating violence against gay people, including one song, “Boom Bye Bye” which calls for gay people to be shot in the head with automatic weapons, have acid poured on them, and burned “like an old tire wheel.” UK LGBT Activist Peter Tatchel called the song “probably the most murderous incitement recorded by any singer anywhere in the world.” Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch confirmed that Buju Banton was among six men involved in a gay bashing in June 2004 in Constant Spring, Jamaica. UK

The portions of Buju Banton tour promoted by Live Nation will hit House of Blues franchises in four cities: Chicago (Oct 1), Las Vegas (Oct 15), Dallas (Oct 20) and Houston (Oct 22). House of Blues is owned by Live Nation.

Ticketmaster is promoting not only the four House of Blues dates, but also thirteen other concerts across the country. Concerts being promoted by Ticketmaster include: Philadelphia (Sept 12); Bladensburg, MD (Sept 13); Revere, MA (Sept 18); Newark, NJ (Sept 20); Norfolk, VA (Sept 25); Richmond VA (Sept 26); Detroit (Sept 30); Cincinnati (Oct 2); Columbus, OH (Oct 3); Minneapolis (Oct 4); San Francisco (Oct 10); Los Angeles (Oct 14); and Atlanta (Oct 24).

According to VH1, other cities on the tour include Providence, RI; New Haven, CT; Charlotte and Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; Denver; Aspen; Salt Lake City; Eureka, CA; Albuquerque; Charleston, SC; Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Ybor City, FL.

Edwin

August 25th, 2009

If they advocate that kind of music Why let them in this country. All they are is a bunch if gay bashers and shouldn’t even be let in the United State.
Maybe Ticketmasters is hard up for money so they will take anything they can get. With this kind of trash they
should be loosing everything.

Bruce Garrett

August 26th, 2009

Guess I’ll be passing up the House of Blues when I go to Disney World next month. I should let them know…

Alex

August 26th, 2009

I wonder if any of the same conservative Christians who claim to love and care about gay people will be protesting/condemning these concerts. I won’t hold my breath.

Joe in California

August 26th, 2009

I will no longer buy any event tickets through Ticketmaster. What next? KKK concerts?

I’ll bet anything that a few of these concerts will be canceled or very poorly attended. Some might even be picketed.

Check your local LGBT centers to find out what you can do before the concert comes to your area.

Jason

August 26th, 2009

I am appalled – and sent this email…

Good morning;

I am fully aware that this email will not make a whit of difference regarding the appearance of Buju Banton at your clubs, but I am compelled to register my disgust. Not necessarily on my behalf (though I do find his music repugnant) but on my loved ones behalf. Many of my closest friends, you see, are gay. In addition to being gay, they are also wonderful friends, loving aunts and uncles, dedicated citizens and incredible people. So when someone comes along advocating death and torture for my loved ones, I have what I would like to think is a normal reaction and automatically fly into defensive mode. Normally this means little as these nut jobs are typically confined to Kansas. However, this current nut job is traveling the United States under the auspices and apparently tacit endorsement of an institution I have patronized in the past and had (until now) planned on patronizing in the future. Specifically, the House of Blues.

As I said, I know this email will not shift your response to allowing this vile human to headline at your clubs, but it will shift my spending. More importantly, it will hopefully shift the spending of my friends (who represent your sweet spot demographic of childless high income 30 to 40 year olds). Maybe it will sway some of them, maybe it wont.

But I know that cannot stand idly by where an organization that created itself to celebrate a music created and refined during a period of ignorance, discrimination, violence and terror (specifically, the Blues) is headlining someone who advocates those same repulsive tactics. You should be ashamed of yourselves, of your hypocrisy, and of your obvious disregard for the community at large.

I would like to say I wish you luck, but I cannot bring myself to overcome my anger at your actions.

TonyJazz

August 26th, 2009

In San Francisco, his planned performance is in the Polk Street area, a formerly gay district. This is shameful! I hope to join a protest here, but I hope the event is cancelled in advance….

paul j stein

August 27th, 2009

The state department should investigate them as a “Terrorist Group” and ban their entrance into the USA. Call your reps and make it known!

paul j stein

August 27th, 2009

Send a tip to the FBI as a terrorist organization, I did. And I contacted my fed reps.

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