*RE: new St. John's Church director **Lawrence Okey Ugwu cancels Sat
.September 25th concert by seminal Industrial/psychedelic group Psychic TV*
Polish Catholic Church director Lawrence Okey Ugwu cancels Psychic
TVâ€™s show in St Johnâ€™s Church in Gdansk, Poland. He accuses band of
promoting anti Catholic, and pro Satanist beliefs!
Open Letter to media in Poland
We find the present situation concerning the cancellation of the PSYCHIC
TV concert at St. John's Church in Gdansk, Poland on Saturday 25th
September ridiculous in the extreme. The actions of Lawrence Okey Ugwu
are deplorable. His decision has nothing to do with god, but to do with
his own ego. It is a decision based on self-aggrandisement.
Let us look at the facts, Mr. Ugwu has been reported as saying that he
has seen PSYCHIC TV during his college days. Mr. Ugwu is now 46.
Therefore if Mr. Ugwu attended college in England when he was around 20,
that was around the 25 years ago. PTV was only formed in 1979, one might
question if Mr. Ugwu has seen the band at all? However, let us take Mr.
Ugwu at his word. If he has seen the band perform, it could not have had
such a significant moral impact, as he seems to have turned in to a
god-fearing soul. Especially as it has been reported that Mr. Ugwu has
stated that, "Psychic TV is a fine band, I'll gladly come to their
show." It seems the height of hypocrisy to in one breathe state that the
band in "fine", and he would "gladly come to their show", and then feel
morally outraged at their apparent anti-Christian, satanic, pornographic
and blasphemous statements and stance.
Regarding the overwhelming proof that Mr. Ugwu has amassed:
1) He seems to be relying on 25 year-old memories of a concert's visuals.
2) Then he claims various unnamed internet sources. Even if he now goes
on to find any 'internet sources', these would have been located after
his decision, and did not help formulate his decision. If Mr. Ugwu even
tries to suggest that the fact that he found something on the internet,
therefore means that it is an absolute or even accurate description is
laughable. Would he be professing a belief that everything on the
internet is the gospel truth?
3) He is using photos of images of a naked woman with a snake on
televisions at a concert 20 years ago as absolute and accurate proof of
his case. This too is laughable.
We would suggest formulating ones views from a deliberately uninformed
position of ignorance is not a wise course of action.
If Mr. Ugwu was genuinely concerned about the concert and not his own
'cult of personality', he presumably would have asked for clarification
on what the performance would have included. We would have been more
than happy to inform him of this. Then if there was anything in what we
described that concerned him, he could have asked for guarantees that
the offending part be omitted from the St. John's performance. If we
refused such a request, he might then have looked at his options.
However, at no stage has Mr. Ugwu asked any questions, he has merely
made statements - ignorant bigoted statements.
Then let us look at the legal issues that Lawrence Okey Ugwu also seems
ignorant of. We obviously would not like to believe that Mr. Ugwu would
wish to break to the law, especially knowingly. Both Mr. Ugwu and his
predecessor Akadiusz Rybicki, have gone on record stating that a verbal
agreement exists between Krzysztof Gruszczynski and the Baltic Culture
Center (NCK). Under Polish law a verbal agreement is as legally binding
as a written agreement. Nor does the fact that Mr. Ugwu is now the new
director invalidate the agreement. Can you imagine a world where a new
director of a company or leader of a country takes office, and
unilaterally decides not to honour previous agreements as they were not
made under their term and with them personally? We trust that Mr. Ugwu
would not want to break the law, and then hide behind his position
hoping it will protect him from the law. We will maintain a vigilance
over the events as they unfold, and if appropriate, seek a legal ruling
on the situation.
We have found an alternative venue to perform the show in Gdansk area on
Saturday 25th September. We would urge people to come down and see the
show for themselves and make up their own mind after witnessing the facts.
The new venue is...
Ul. Sw Piotra 2
Tickets already purchased for the St. John's show will be valid at the
new venue.* *
Pyshic TV are undertaking their first US dates outside the East Coast
this November, the group being reactivated last year's after being
terminated in the mid-90's
PSYCHIC TV/PTV3 WEST COAST DATES
Tues Nov 2nd - Los Angeles, CA- Knitting Factory
Wed Nov 3rd - San Francisco CA- DNA Lounge
Fri Nov 5th - Portland OR - Sabala's
Sat Nov 6th - Seattle WA - Chop Suey
Wed, 11/15/04, Montreal, Qbc, CafÃ© Campus
Thu 11/16/04, Toronto, Ont, Fun Haus
Fri 11/17/04, Chicago, IL, Empty Bottle
Sat, 11/18/04, Detroit, MI, Magic Stick