What do you do when your fan base is labeled as violent criminals by the FBI? If you’re the Insane Clown Posse you sue the government … that’s what! Lawyers for the federal government and fans of the clown painted hip hoppers are in court over a report from the FBI back in 2011 that labeled juggalos as members of a violent gang. Some fans claim they lost jobs or even custody of their kids … there are also claims that they’ve been denied housing, given stiffer sentences for non-violent crimes … simply for liking ICP or having something as inane as a Hatchet-man tattoo. One guy claims he couldn’t even volunteer for the Army because of an ICP tattoo. Lawyers for the feds say that the suit doesn’t have any merit and the Department of Justice isn’t responsible for how local police agencies use information from the gang report. Either way, if the case is allowed to go forward, we’re in for a fascinating carnival ride!
Things haven’t been so good in Ukraine as of late. Surely you’ve seen the news. The turmoil and civil unrest has led to Aerosmith canceling one of their shows in the country. A promoter says the July 2nd concert in Kiev was canceled because they can’t ensure the safety of the artists, crew, audience or equipment. The message posted to the band’s website says they hope Aerosmith will be able to perform in Ukraine when there is peace and stability. Good luck with that!
Got the blues
One of the pioneers of modern metal says he’d “absolutely kill to do a blues record.” That’s the word from soon-to-be 63-year-old Rob Halford who told Noisey that at an early age he was drawn to artists like Janis Joplin and Robert Plant as artists singing real blues and that’s something he’d like to explore to see if his voice could fit “in that wonderful world.” Halford says that metal is still very powerful and helps fans overcome things in life.
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