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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.05.31 MTV: Slipknot Gig Protested By Greek Church Officials Slipknot Gig Protested By Greek Church Officials 05.31.2005 9:31 AM EDT Church brands Iowan
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      2005.05.31 MTV: Slipknot Gig Protested By Greek Church Officials
      Slipknot Gig Protested By Greek Church Officials

      05.31.2005 9:31 AM EDT

      Church brands Iowan rockers Satanists, calls for show's cancellation.

      Slipknot (file)
      Photo: Roadrunner Records
      Mask-loving Iowan metal band Slipknot performed on Monday night at Athens,
      Greece's open-air Lykavittos Theatre as planned, despite the best efforts
      of local church officials, who'd urged the show's organizers to cancel the
      concert.
      Officials from Greece's Orthodox Church tried to prevent Slipknot from
      taking the stage, and accused the band of advocating devil worship,
      according to The Associated Press. In a statement to the media, the church
      - pointing to the band's violent, suggestive lyrics that reference the
      devil, as well as their onstage adornments - said that "public institutions
      must do their duty and protect Greek citizens from any public event that
      promotes Satanism."

      The statement continued that "the members of the band have a shocking
      appearance, wearing black uniforms and masks that look like skulls."

      The members of Slipknot are rarely seen in public sans their token black
      jumpsuits and homemade, Halloween-esque masks. The band is currently on a
      world tour that is set to make additional European stops, and will then
      proceed to Japan and the U.S.

      A spokesperson for the band could not be reached for comment.
      - Chris Harris
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