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Two More Murder Music Concert Cancellations Announced

Jim Burroway

August 29th, 2009

According to a press release from the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, two more concerts by murder music dancehall singer Buju Banton have been canceled. In addition to the four House of Blues dates mentioned earlier, AEG Live/Goldenvoic have announced the cancellations of scheduled concerts in Los Angeles (Oct. 14), in San Francisco (Oct. 10), and Philadelphia (Sept. 12).

This is in addition to the announced cancellation by Live Nation of four concerts at House of Blues venues in Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston. However as of 12:30 p.m. EST this afternoon, Live Nation’s web site is still selling tickets for the Houston concert.

All seventeen concerts which Ticketmaster promoted are still listed on the Ticketmaster web site, including the House of Blues engagements. In addition to the six announced cancellations still being listed, Ticketmaster is still promoting concerts in 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); and Atlanta (Oct 24).

According to VH1, additional cities on the tour include Providence, RI (Sept 13); New Haven, CT (Sept 16); Portland, ME (Sept 17); Charlotte, NC (Sept 23); Raleigh, NC (Sept 24); Norfolk, VA (Sept 25); White Plains, NY (Spet 27); Denver (Oct 6); Aspen (Oct 7); Salt Lake City (Oct 8); Eureka, CA (Oct 11); Albuquerque (Oct 19); Charleston, SC (Oct 27); Jacksonville (Oct 29); Ybor City, FL (Oct 30); Miami (Oct 31);  and Orlando (Nov 1).



August 29th, 2009 | LINK

I still can’t believe they were planning to bring this to San Francisco.

August 29th, 2009 | LINK

Burr: the fact that they scheduled one for Minneapolis is almost as unbelievable. I really hope that one gets canceled, because I don’t want this guy anywhere near me.

August 30th, 2009 | LINK

Ugh. I always knew Ticketmaster was evil, but I never knew just how right I was.

September 8th, 2009 | LINK

I am not homophobic – far from it. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, but while studying abroad in the Caribbean I was exposed to a culture very different from my own. At first it was difficult to understand, but living in such a homophobic place opened my eyes in a way that I hope a reverse cultural exchange would.

It is true that Buju Banton is homophobic, as was Bob Marley, but he also represents, with beauty, the voice of an oppressed and marginalized people. The song that has people so angry is from a much earlier time, in fact before he became a Rasta and spiritually transformed himself.

He has done much to address the past mistakes he voiced in the song “Boom Bye Bye.” He has signed the ‘Reggae Compassionate Act’, a pledge organized by gay rights activists, which included a clause that he will never again perform this song.

It is also true that Jamaica is one of the most religious and homophobic nations in the world, and also one of the most violent. Being raised in this environment has influenced his belief system and music, as it does every person’s.

That said, I do not condone music that promotes any kind of sexual or gender violence. But this is not something that Buju represents whatsoever. The last time that he came to San Francisco I tried to get the Gay activists to open a dialogue with the Caribbean community, without success. I understand the anger that Gay activists are feeling, but as the article says, true dialogue, not inflammatory remarks and long-running boycotts, which have had success (e.g. the Reggae Compassionate Act) is what is needed.

Let this be an opportunity for this. Let’s start a conversation. It is exactly this type of cultural exchange that will bring understanding and help address the horrible conditions in Jamaica – of homophobia, sexism, violence and poverty.

Timothy Kincaid
September 9th, 2009 | LINK


You are factually mistaken.

Although Banton signed the toothless pledge, Boom Bye Bye has remained his signature song and is reportedly part of every concert.

Having Banton come to my city to get on a stage and encourage the audience to murder me is a “cultural exchange” that I do not think will add value to my life.

Richard W. Fitch
September 9th, 2009 | LINK

According to a couple of ‘googled’ sources (credibility ??), Banton has continued his offensive songs and as well denied that he had signed any pledge. His genre is not my style, for what that’s worth; but more importantly his underlying message should be denounced as violence inciting. If US audiences condone his music for the sake of cultural exchange, it doesn’t say much for the standards on either side.

Stefano A
September 10th, 2009 | LINK

Please, contact the owners and management of Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus and Annie’s in Cincinnati to ask they cancel immediately the scheduled performances.

Lifestyles Communities Pavilion (Columbus)
Amy Cooper, Marketing Director
614-461-5483 or
PromoWest Promotions
Show scheduled for 3 October 2009

Annie’s (Cincinnati)
Pete Georgeton, Owner
513-321-2572 or
Show scheduled for 2 October 2009

Stefano A
September 12th, 2009 | LINK

The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion has canceled the 3 October show. Marketing Director Amy Cooper confirmed the cancellation but would make no other comment other than to state that: PromoWest did not directly schedule the Banton concert, but only rented the venue to an outside agency that handles the show booking, lighting, production and other aspects (except security). Cooper would not provide contact information for the outside booking agent.

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