SEPULTURA – Issue Band Statement

Despite their best efforts, SEPULTURA’s planned show for April 28th, in Beirut, Lebanon didn’t take place. The band were barred from playing after being accused by Lebanese authorities of ‘devil worshiping’ and ‘insulting Christianity’. Also at issue was the band’s 1993 music video for their track “Territory“, which featured scenes filmed in both Israel and Palestine.

The group have now commented on the matter, issuing the following statement along with word of an upcoming livestreamed show dedicated to those who had planned to attend their Beirut date.

“On behalf of Sepultura and staff, we would like to express to our public in Beirut our deep dissatisfaction with the situation to which we were submitted by the general security office which resulted in the cancellation of our show that would take place yesterday (Sunday, April 28th) at The Palace.

In 35 years of history, it was the first time we had our entry blocked in a country by a false interpretation of our purposes and values since our intention has always been to promote unity and freedom of expression through music, without making any political, racial or religious distinction.

To try to compensate everyone who, like us, are frustrated with what happened, we would like to invite you to watch the live broadcast of our upcoming Dubai concert on May 2 in honor of all Sepultura Lebanese fans who could not watch us in person.

DAY: May 2, 2019
TIME: Lebanon – 22:00, Europe – 21:00, Brasil – 16:00, USA 3:00pm (ET)

We’d like to thank Skull Session, Sepulnation around the world, all media that has published anything related to this subject, and Embassy of Brazil in Beirut for all the support.

Andreas, Paulo, Derrick, Eloy and the Sepultura team”