Heavy Metal Concert Stirs Concerns In California

Araceli Esparza of the Pasadena Star-News has issued the following report:

They're calling it "Slaughterfest" and promising concertgoers will "bleed metal" at the Whittier Community Theatre [in Whittier, California] later this month.

Promoters Castle Black Productions, along with Sam Ash and Guitar Center music stores, have booked seven heavy metal bands, including GRAVE DESECRATION, DARK UNION and STEEL BATALLION, to perform at the normally staid venue Aug. 16.

But city officials are already expressing concern.

Typically a venue for Broadway-type productions like "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Peter Pan", the city-owned Whittier Community Theatre isn't exactly known for hosting heavy metal shows.

In fact, this would be a first, city officials said.

"There are a few more concerns with a heavy metal concert than there would be with a youth ballet recital," said an understated Mayor Pro Tem Owen Newcomer.

Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said she was surprised to learn a heavy metal concert is coming to the family oriented theater on Washington Avenue.

"It does surprise me that a city staff person gave permission without consulting us," she said.

She said out-of-the-ordinary bookings are usually referred to her office for approval. But Newcomer categorized that as more of a courtesy gesture, not something park staffers are required to do as a matter of city policy.

Read the rest of the article at www.pasadenastarnews.com.

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