Rock Band Filter Cancels Sweden Show Due to Death Threat

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
June 14, 2016 1:06 pm Last Updated: June 17, 2016 3:30 pm

Rock band Filter was forced to cancel its show scheduled for June 13 at the Sticky Fingers nightclub in Gothenburg, Sweden, after receiving a death threat, according to a post on on the band’s official Facebook page.

Filter just received a death threat at the club tonight. We will not be performing,” the group shared on Facebook.

Publicist Lily Golightly apologized to the band’s fans and touched on the violent events of this past weekend, in an email to Epoch Times.

“Threats were made to Filter’s well being that were not taken lightly. We felt it necessary to cancel and are so sorry to our fans,” wrote Golightly. “After an extremely violent weekend in The United States our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the innocent victims in Orlando as well as Christina Grimmie’s friends and family.”

Most fans on Filter’s Facebook page were understanding about the cancelation. 

“Hey Richard and Co.! Be safe out there. We adore you guys and hope everything is ok. Please keep us posted. Can’t imagine a world without Filter,” said Christian Summer.

Orlando

Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub with a Sig Sauer MCX assault-style rifle and a handgun. Police say 49 people died in the shooting, plus Mateen, while 53 others were injured. Mateen reportedly called 911 to pledge his allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, terrorist group before the attack. ISIS is believed to have taken responsibility through its official news channel.

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Recording artist, Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by Kevin James Loibl during an autograph session with fans after a concert in Orlando, Fla., on June 10. Her older brother, Marcus, tackled the gunman, who then fatally shot himself.

Loibl traveled from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Orlando armed with two handguns, a hunting knife, and extra ammunition with the intent to kill Grimmie, police sources have said, adding that the motive is not yet known.

Gun Control

The bloody weekend in Florida has again opened the discussion about gun control in the United States.

“Gun violence prevention laws might not stop every shooting or terrorist attack—but they will save lives,” presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton tweeted on Monday. “Weapons of war like those used in Orlando and San Bernardino have no place on our streets.”

Filter is still scheduled to perform in Stockholm on June 14 at the Göta Källare with Combichrist and Lord of the Lost.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the type of weapon that was used in the attack.