Heavy Metal Concert Blocked By City Officials

The Associated Press reports that the organizer behind a seven-band heavy metal concert said he was forced to cancel the event after city officials made a last-minute change to his contract.

The concert was to have taken place Aug. 16 at the city's 450-person-capacity Community Theatre in Whittier, California. But after the city produced the new contract Wednesday, its cost tripled, Dave Valles said.

Valles said city officials created unreasonable barriers to block his event because they don't like heavy metal. Officials portrayed the teenage members of local bands set to play at the concert as "bloodthirsty animals," said Valles.

Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez denied the city was biased against heavy metal.

She said officials took a "closer look" at the contract after reading disturbing messages about the event on networking Web site MySpace.com.

"There were some references to blood and violence," she said. "Even though that was just talk, and probably no fault of the promoter, it did stiffen some of our requirements."

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