According to The Star, a British hard rock band was forced to move its benefit concert because a priest was afraid they would play "anti-religious" songs during their scheduled performance at the Polish Catholic Centre.
SEVENTH SON was slated to appear at a fundraising concert to help ex-speedway racer Ricky Ashworth who was injured in a horror crash that left him in a coma for 90 days. But after Father Tomasz Wojick, who is in charge of the Polish Catholic Centre, saw a picture of the band on poster advertising the gig, he decided they could not perform at the event, saying that he could not guarantee they would not play anti-Catholic or anti-religious songs.
Speaking through an interpreter, Wojick told The Star: "A lot of rock bands carry with them a wrong religious message, and they couldn't guarantee me they wouldn't do this here. They couldn't guarantee me that they don't sing any anti-Catholic or anti-faith messages in their songs. It is the picture as well; the posters signaled that this is the kind of music that is against religion."
He added: "We haven't got anything against the band personally, but as it is a Catholic church hall, we were worried they would bring the Bible up in their songs."
In response, SEVENTH SON frontman Bri Shaughnessy told The Star: "For starters I’m a Catholic myself! So we don't play any stuff like that. But they never even asked us anyway. We've been told the posters were put up at the club, and that's when the priest saw them. He made a judgement just on how we look."
He added: "We do have stuff that is dark or gothic but that's it, really. It's how you interpret it."
The benefit gig took place on November 14 at The Noose And Gibbet Inn instead.