A popular German punk band once outlawed for their hate-filled, neo-Nazi lyrics will open for the ROLLING STONES during a summer concert in Germany, according to the New York Post.
BÖHSE ONKELZ — a deliberate German misspelling of "Evil Uncles" — will play before the world's most successful rock group takes the stage on Aug. 8 in Hanover.
The Evil Uncles have "renounced" their links to the far right, but there are fears that the songs that propelled them to dubious glory in the underground Hitler-worshipping scene will tarnish the STONES' image.
Klaus Hoffmann, an anti-fascist activist, was outraged at the news.
"These are poster boys for some of the nastiest elements in society," he said. "I can only think that the STONES had no idea who was signed up to play with them or that, if they did, they will now rethink the decision.
"It is intolerable to give credence to people like the Evil Uncles."
Founded in 1980, the band was idolized by skinheads. Perhaps their most distasteful medley, for which they were banned until they agreed to clean up their act, was about sending Jews off to die in the Dachau concentration camp.
The lyrics said:
"Want your Jew to die, come again to Dachau. There the Jews run fast with women and children. That is beautiful! That is good. Let us fuck them."
A STONES spokesman in London said that the tour organizers had chosen the Evil Uncles and that they were a "recognized mainstream band" in Germany.
BÖHSE ONKELZ will headline two German festivals in mid-July — Ferropolis (July 12-13) and Loreley (July 18-19). Joining them on the bill will be BIOHAZARD, PRO-PAIN and SUB7EVEN.