CRADLE OF FILTH: Shock Art At Its Finest

Eric Gallippo of Grand Valley Lanthorn is reporting that British shock-rockers CRADLE OF FILTH have "gained some notoriety as of late for their lords-of-darkness image and controversial off-stage antics. The states of Minnesota and New Jersey have tried to cancel COF's shows to keep them from 'bringing the devil's music to the state' and [due to] 'suitability issues', respectively.

"Josh Newman, talent buyer and marketing director for the Intersection night club [in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the band are scheduled to perform on July 29], said he is not concerned with possible protest about the show and thinks it will be a success when asked about how he thinks COF will be received in West Michigan.

" 'It's shock art at its finest, in my opinion,' he said. 'It's like going to see a horror film, but with music. Not to discredit the band's art, but I believe that this has been done before. I don't know, maybe I'm jaded, but I would argue that these folks in COF are marketing geniuses, above and beyond being whatever caliber of artist that you think they may or may not be. Whether it's ALICE COOPER, MARILYN MANSON, OZZY OSBOURNE, CRADLE OF FILTH or even someone like Dennis Rodman, I respect them all because of their business sense.' " Read more.

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