Malaysia bars US band's show over Muslim criticism
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) – Muslim-majority Malaysia has barred a performance by American metal band Lamb of God after Islamic officials accused the Grammy-nominated group’s work of being blasphemous.
The band expressed frustration because it believed authorities had not studied the content and meaning of its songs carefully enough.
Lamb of God had been scheduled to perform at a concert hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city, on Sept 28. But the Communications and Multimedia Ministry said late Wednesday it would not issue a permit because the performance could infringe on Malaysia’s religious sensitivities and cultural values.
The decision comes after the government-run Department of Islamic Development last week said the group’s work could lead Muslims astray, partly because the band has been known to mix excerpts from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, with heavy metal music.