CANNIBAL CORPSE's October 5 concert at Agave in Ufa, Russia was shut down by local authorities after the club was closed for "technical reasons." Concert organizers informed ticket holders that gig would be moved to the Gafuri Park, but two hours before scheduled showtime, it was announced that the club would not be able to use the lighting equipment because rent was not paid at the venue.
"I am saddened by the fact that the show was canceled," CANNIBAL CORPSE singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda. "We heard that there were some technical issues but we kept the hope that the concert would go ahead. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and we are very sorry. We were ready to play. So it sucks, but we love [the fans] and we will do everything possible to come back and play a show."
A video report from Komsomolskaya Pravda on CANNIBAL CORPSE's concert cancelation can be seen below.
CANNIBAL CORPSE's eight-date tour of Russia kicked off on October 2 in Krasnodar.
Dmitry Tsorionov, the head of "God's Will," a Russian Orthodox social movement, last month implored authorities in the country to cancel CANNIBAL CORPSE's tour, saying the musicians violate Russia's anti-blasphemy law.
Tsorionov (who sometimes goes by Dmitry Enteo) said believers condemned the band's lyrics, which promote "religious hatred" and describe in detail rape and murder of children.
In July 2013, Russia passed a new anti-blasphemy law introducing fines and possible prison sentences for offending the "feelings of religious believers."
CANNIBAL CORPSE is far from the only Western rock band to have run into problems in Russia recently. Back in June, shock rocker Marilyn Manson was forced to cancel his show in Moscow due to a bomb threat while another concert in Russia was scrapped over fears his performance would insult Orthodox believers and promote sadomasochism.
One month earlier, Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH had their concerts in Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar canceled following a string of protests by Christian activists.