Chris Hamilton of Albany, NY's Capital News 9 is reporting that a woman named Susan Balfour wants to stop the "Aggressive Music Festival" planned at the Glens Falls Civic Center in July. The concert, which is scheduled to take place July 17-18, will feature performances from such acts as SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, CHIMAIRA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED and LIFE OF AGONY.
"People have no idea what these lyrics are. How powerful they are to young children," Balfour said [Watch the video here].
Balfour is going around the Glens Falls area and showing people the lyrics of some of the groups performing at the two-day concert. She is asking them to sign a petition that seeks to have the concert cancelled.
"This is a piece called 'Disasterpiece' by SLIPKNOT. The first line is 'I want to slit your throat and f_ the wound.' And there are many others, this is just one example," Balfour said.
Some area residents agreed with Balfour and have signed her petition, saying that young children shouldn't be attending this concert.
Matt Kostyal of Glens Falls said, "If they want to change it to over 18, then I would have no problem with it. But if they allow all ages, then they should not be coming here."
However, others disagreed by saying that the concert should go on, and that if someone doesn't like the music they shouldn't go. They also said that it's a parent's responsibility to decide if the concert's music is appropriate.
Brian Turner of Queensbury said, "Don't go out and try to cancel it. We don't burn books, we don't smash CD's anymore."
Glens Falls Civic Center officials said that the concert will go on, and they're expecting it to draw huge crowds.
Civic Center Executive Director Suzanna Bernd said, "The overwhelming support is for the concert to take place."
So far, Balfour has collected over 300 signatures, and plans on presenting them to city officials in an effort to get them to cancel the concert.